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December 9, 2020


Little duos, two Braeval

That’s right, Braes of Glenlivet. I was having one solitary OB in the box, waiting for a sparring partner…

Braeval 16 yo 2000/2017 'The Distillery Reserve Collection' (54.7%, OB, cask #5116, second fill hogshead, 288 bottles)

Braeval 16 yo 2000/2017 (54.7%, OB, The Distillery Reserve Collection, cask #5116, second fill hogshead, 288 bottles) Four stars
I believe this is the first time ever I’m trying an official Braeval/Braes, so champagne please! Colour: gold. Nose: it’s great that they went for second fill natural wood, but let’s remember that the best Braes so far had been sherry bombs by Signatory Vintage. To me, Braeval al natural was virtually unknown before. What we’re finding is a classic softer malty profile, rather on pastries, crushed bananas, overripe apples, custard, croissants, and various herbal teas such as the very usual chamomile and linden teas. And then, something that really stands out, pistachio nougat – or rather halva. That’s exquisite! A drop of rosewater. With water: baguette, fresh oak, vanilla, and distant hints of farmyard, horse stable… Mouth (neat): but yes, mentholy barley, yes and yes and yes! With oranges and verbena, that’s exquisite indeed. Perhaps a little too much oak-forward (second fill, really?) but it is a perfect drop. With water: quinces coming out, that’s like when Jimmy Page starts a solo. Sadly the oak tends to invade it all, that’s like when, wait… Well, when Mariah Carey starts to sing. Of course not, Jimmy Page and Mariah Carey have never been on stage together – have they? Finish: medium, on cakes and barley. Comments: you could almost call this ‘machine-made malt whisky’. It’s perfect, just not very thrilling. The nose was really perfect though.
SGP:451 - 85 points.

Braeval 30 yo 1989/2019 (53.9%, Riegger’s Selection for Whisky-Hood, Switzerland, cask #28451)

Braeval 30 yo 1989/2019 (53.9%, Riegger’s Selection for Whisky-Hood, Switzerland, cask #28451) Four stars
Another Swiss bottling that reminds me to which extent I’m missing the whisky ships and, above everything, my Swiss friends. To think that Switzerland is at hare-jump distance from WF Towers… Colour: straw. Nose: I like it when malt whiskies would exhale notes of white asparagus and fresh crushed hazelnuts. There’s even some peanut butter, cross my heart… With water: gets into line, with cakes, barley and grist. Sounds like a folk-rock band, no? Mouth (neat): oh lovely! Barley, grapefruits, herbs… But are we sure that’s only 53.9%? It feels like, cough, cough, 60%+. Must be me, I shouldn’t have mentioned Mariah Carey. With water: a little leafier. Finish: long, on Chinese gunpowder green tea and apple pie, with a little liquorice, in the aftertaste. Comments: beats the OB fair and square. All that because of Mariah Carey…
SGP:461 - 87 points.

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