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February 17, 2022


Little Duos, today Royal Brackla OB vs. IB

Classic set-up on WF. Always a joy to the taster, provided no one ever jumps to easy conclusions. Let's start this with the OB…

Royal Brackla 12 yo (46%, OB, 2021)

Royal Brackla 12 yo (46%, OB, 2021) Four stars
Apparently and unless I'm wrong once more, this is the new-new label, even more retro than before. This baby was finished in oloroso wood while the presentation tube would make it clear that it should display 'spice, cherries and demerara'. I believe the mistake they did with the previous rendition (round blue label) was to bottle it at 40% vol. Colour: amber. Nose: and voilà, butterscotch, praline, roasted chestnuts, chocolate (creamy Lindt's), nougat and cappuccino. No one can be against this, even if this smart treatment may have erased a part of the Distillery character. I do find gooseberries in the background, having said that. Mouth: I could copy-and-paste what I have jotted down about the nose. Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, marmalade, toffee… St. Oloroso, pray for us. Finish: rather long, very good. Coffee drops and, there, since I'm in a good mood, Demerara sugar. Seriously, Demerara sugar. Comments: amen. Excellent.

SGP:551 - 86 points.

Distillery character? I'm glad I had kept this one up my sleeves…

Royal Brackla 16 yo 2001/2018 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, bourbon hogshead, cask #14)

Royal Brackla 16 yo 2001/2018 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, bourbon hogshead, cask #14) Four stars
Colour: pale white wine. Nose: well, the colour was pale (the dress as we say in French, the 'robe'), but the profile remains all on toasted pastries, white chocolate, fudge, praline, cappuccino, butterscotch, custard, nougat… In truth, it's not that different. I'll add that it's always great to compare spirits that were bottled at the same ABV., since home reduction is always hard to handle (sure it is). Mouth: I mean, what's all this sorcery? Same, butterscotch, roasted nuts and toasted pastries, milk chocolate, coffee liqueur, toffee… Now what it's also got is a brighter fruitiness, with some rhubarb and, indeed, gooseberries. Extremely to my liking. Finish: long, perfect, chocolaty and nutty. No demerara this time, I'm afraid. Comments: I find this even a notch better than the OB, but it's true that it's also older. Great selection by our friends in the capital of the Gauls.
SGP:451 - 87 points.

I'd love to do a semi-alliteration and write 'Brackla is back!' but I suppose that would be a little stupid.

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