Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml)
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Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$139. 99 Bottle
$1679.88 Dozen
ABV: 40%

Royal Brackla gets a re-vamp, packaging-wise at least. Stranger & Stranger have worked their magic to create an old world feel to what's been a relatively obscure malt. The heavy weight bottles also impress. Inside is a malt described as eminently quaffable, and now in a value one litre format!

Other reviews... Colour: light gold. Nose: malty. Roasted nuts, marzipan, a touch of ink and carbon paper (remember carbon paper?), and some bread and brioche. I find it relatively dry, which I always find pretty enjoyable. No extravagant nose for sure. Mouth: well, it works at 40%, we’re not experiencing any immediate nose-diving because of some weakness, although I would add it’s still rather light spirit. The registry is very malty again, with an oiliness, some nuts for sure, a touch of honey, more marzipan, Ovaltine, chocolate-coated orange zests, and perhaps a drop of olive oil. Always love that, ever tried chocolate made with olive oil? Fun stuff. Anyway… Finish: very medium, but pleasantly oily, and always very malty. Perhaps a little peanut butter. Oranges and almonds in the aftertaste. Comments: not really a surprise, but a good surprise. I had feared it would be as flat as a flounder. I could really quaff this… 84 points -

...As part of its program to make available single malts from all five of its Scotch whisky distilleries, Bacardi subsidiary John Dewar & Sons has now released a trio of bottlings from Royal Brackla, situated near Nairn in the Scottish Highlands. The 12, 16, and 21 year old expressions are initially available in ten markets, Including the UK, U.S., and Canada. The nose offers warm spices, walnuts, malt, peaches in cream, honey, vanilla, and a slightly herbal, earthy note. Quite robust on the palate for its strength, with spice, sweet sherry, and mildly smoky orchard fruit. The finish is relatively long, with cocoa powder, citrus fruit, and ginger.
86 points -, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Winter 2015)