Review: Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 yrs, finished in first fill oloroso
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Royal Brackla (Cawdor, Scotland)

Royal Brackla is a distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, founded in 1812 but received a royal warrant in 1835 (hence "royal"). The distillery uses very clear wort to feed their stills, meaning that many of the heavy cereal notes (i.e. porridge, etc.) are stripped out. The distllery is not mostly used for blending into the Dewar’s lineup. Only one of two “royal” distilleries (along with Royal Lochnagar) – King William IV giving it the title “The King’s Own Whisky”. Part of Last Great Malts range from Dewar.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Quite a bright, fruity nose. Apples, cloves, mulled red wine, orange peel, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, and a light touch of oak. Good sherry influence, and quite clean. Lots of rich fruitcake and candied fruit aromas. The palate has a good bit of oak, lots of spices, and nice, light, vegetal peat. Finishes with a bit of bitterness in a bit of a dense, spicy, and peaty finish. The spice, once again, is that of classic fruitcake. The palate cleans up very nicely as the flavour fades to a light almond and peat and is pleasantly dry. With the other Last Great Malts – very solid single malt.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $100.