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Royal Brackla 21 Years Old 70cl 40°

Distillery : Royal Brackla / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 24619

Aged 21, this Single Malt is the oldest expression of the Brackla distillery. Typical whisky from the Highlands region, bottled at 40%, its tasting is rich and surprising, each stage having its particular universe and being able to stand on its own.

The nose with multiple aromas offers spicy then fruity notes. The aromatic plants fill the mouth and evolve towards vanilla, dark chocolate and dried fruits, to lead to a complex finish with notes of desserts, tobacco and fruit spirit.

225,00 € tax incl.

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Features
Volume0.7 L
ABV40 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryRoyal Brackla
CountryScotland
RegionHighlands
Age21 years
PeatNon Peated
Reference:24619

Royal Brackla was the first of only three distilleries (the others being Lochnagar and Glenury) to earn the 'Royal' epithet, receiving the industry's first Royal Warrant in 1835 from King William IV.


The whisky was also reported to be a favourite of Queen Victoria when she ascended to the throne shortly afterwards, and was one of the malts from which Andrew Usher created the first blended whisky in the 1860s.


These days, not much is heard of Royal Brackla, although this is an old and, as evidenced above, historic brand. The distillery was founded as far back as 1812, and changed hands a few times before being aquired by Scottish Malt Distillers (later to become part of Diageo) in 1943. During WWII, the distillery was taken over by the RAF and used as a school for new pilots.


After major renovations in 1966 and 1997 (the latter costing £2M), Royal Brackla was sold by the newly-created Diageo group to Bacardi-Martini, who incorporated it into their Dewar's portfolio (also recently acquired from Diageo). The vast majority of Brackla's spirit now goes into Dewar's White label and Bacardi's other blends.


Bacardi does little to promote Royal Brackla, preferring to spend its malt marketing money on Aberfeldy. For this reason the malt is rarely seen on shop shelves. A 10 year-old is the standard bottling, although an official 25 year-old was briefly available several years ago. This followed on the heels of some impressive Rare Malts bottlings done by Diageo in the 1990s, and a 10yo bottling under the Flora & Fauna rubric that is now extremely rare and valuable.


Independent bottlings of Royal Brackla are relatively regular, with Gordon & Macphail and Douglas Laing occasionally releasing interesting expressions. The house style was described by Michael Jackson as 'Fruity, cleansing, sometimes with a dry, hot finish. A refresher or a pousse-cafe.'


 

Nose: very spicy, with quite marked aromas of curry, to which are added fruity aromas (exotic fruits and orchard fruits).

Palate: vegetal and herbaceous, with notes of aromatic plants, which then turn to vanilla, dark chocolate and dried fruits.

Finish : complex, notes of desserts (chocolate, red and black fruits), tobacco, or even fruit spirits.

Gold medal, Highlands Single Malt 21 years and over category, World Whiskies Awards 2022.