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April 7, 2013


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Two middle-aged and pretty harmless Braeval

Braeval aka Braes of Glenlivet is quite uncommon. Some older first fill sherry (Signatory) have been kind of legendary but today we’ll have two lighter ones, one bourbon and one (refill) sherry. We’ll have the ex-bourbon first even if it’s older – if you don’t mind.

Braeval 15 yo 1995/2011 (46%, Mo Or Collection, bourbon hoghsead, cask #186018, 480 bottles)

Braeval 15 yo 1995/2011 (46%, Mo Or Collection, bourbon hoghsead, cask #186018, 480 bottles) Two stars and a half Colour: straw. Nose: it’s not a lightish, fruitish, easy-ish youngish Speysider as it rather starts with a lot of grass and leaves, before it becomes rather more vanilla-ed and only slightly lemony. Wee whiffs of coal dust and flour as well, ‘un-milked’ muesli and maybe touches of banana skin – that would rather be green bananas. Not a lot happening but it’s decent, honest nose. Mouth: malt whisky. No I’m not only stating the obvious, this really taste like sweet malt. The body’s good, the feeling is pretty ‘full’, there’s even a slight honeyness and wee traces of green oak but that’s pretty all. Becomes a little grassier and bitterer over time. Finish: medium, grassy. Touches of salt. Comments: no flaws, no thrills, good body and good maltiness, my exact definition of a 78-points whisky. SGP:341 - 78 points.

Braeval 11 yo 1999/2011 (46%, Douglas of Drumlanrig, sherry butt, cask #7064, 317 bottles)

Braeval 11 yo 1999/2011 (46%, Douglas of Drumlanrig, sherry butt, cask #7064, 317 bottles) Two stars and a half Colour: straw (indeed, far from first fill). Nose: interestingly, the sherry added more buttery scents, more vanilla and a little more butterscotch or sponge cake. A little baker’s yeast as well, custard and then ‘ideas’ of walnuts and tiny-wee whiffs of camphor. You got it, it’s no big dram either but it’s not unpleasant at all. Mouth: a marginally sweeter and thicker – and creamier – version, but it grows a little harsher and hotter than the 1995, possibly because it’s younger. A little maple syrup on a bed of apple peelings. Finish: medium, with maybe a little more sherry roundness. Comments: once again we went a bit into Blandoland but no doubt it’s honest malt whisky. Maybe these honest but simple casks should rather go to blends? Anyway, same score in my book. SGP:441 - 78 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Braeval I've tasted so far

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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