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June 15, 2020


Little duos, two relatively royal Bracklas

Not a lot to say, really, I don’t see Brackla’s newish OBs much. At least not on WF’s pretty cluttered tasting table. But well, we still manage to keep the name alive here, thanks to the lovely IBs. A heavy duty? We’ll see…

Royal Brackla 11 yo 2008/2020 (56.3%, Cadenhead, authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 324 bottles)

Royal Brackla 11 yo 2008/2020 (56.3%, Cadenhead, authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 324 bottles) Three stars
My dear God, 2008, wasn’t that just yesterday? Colour: white wine. Nose: very hot, ethanoly, with some varnish and some grass juice, then green pears, grist, sour cream, sourdough… Well we’ll call this one Mr Natural. With water: fine, balanced, young, if not very inspiring. Touches of coconut and vanilla, a drop of orgeat syrup. I suppose there more of such whiskies in the warehouses over Hadrian’s Wall than there’s water in the Atlantic ocean, but there, it’s a fine drop, it seems. Mouth (neat): rough, extremely eau-e-vie-ish. Some Kirschwasser and Williams pear spirit, a touch of sucrose, some matcha tea… Boy is this rough. With water: we tamed it. Bonbons, pears, a little liquorice wood, more green tea, Ricola sweets (do you know those Swiss delicacies?) Finish: medium, a tad sugary, still eau-de-vie-ish. Comments: so not bad at all, but how would you describe Brackla’s distillery character? Answer on a postcard.
SGP:541 - 80 points.

Royal Brackla 12 yo 2007/2020 (59%, Golden Cask)

Royal Brackla 12 yo 2007/2020 (59%, Golden Cask) Three stars
This series by the House of MacDuff. Picture of a similar bottle, not much details to be found in the big digital box yet. Colour: straw. Nose: there’s rather more happening in there, more porridge jumping around (are you sure?), more sourness, rather a lot of fermentary notes, cottage cheese, dry artisan cider… With water: toes the line now, as if it had lost its idiosyncrasies (love that word). A wee whiff of natural rubber. Mouth (neat): a big sweet bomb, marshmallow-infused vodka, lemon juice, touch of cachaça perhaps… With water: bonbons and grass, sucking used green tealeaves. Perhaps a small glass of lager (what we call a galopin in France). Finish: medium, rather on plum spirit. Comments: I wouldn’t swear we’ll remember these fine two slightly plebeian (rather than royal) Bracklas tomorrow, and no that’s not Alzheimer’s striking early. But they were good, I think. What was good?
SGP:541 - 82 points.

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