This is a 21 year expression from Bruichladdich and is the second release in the Black Art series. Much of what goes in these expressions is a mystery in terms of aging/casks involved. It’s bottled at 49.7% ABV.
Nose: Grape Kool-Aid, dark red wine, old oak, fudge, fruity sherry, burnt match heads, and cherry cola.
Palate: Very oak heavy up front with a funky blend of malt and spices, banana chips, and red hots.
Finish: Very strong malt with loads of sherry, slight sulphur, cinnamon, and cola.
Rating: 87/100 – Definitely interesting – a bit all over the place but in a good way. I enjoyed the 3.1 release quite a bit better.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $200, but secondary is probably closer to $300+ at this point. I’d pass at either price.