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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery

Founded in 1812 by Captain William Fraser

Location Speyside region Findhorn valet district

Water source The Cowdor Burn.

 

Royal Brackla Distilling Equipment

Large stainless steel mash tun.

2 Stainless steel washbacks

4 large capacity pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon with some sherry casks

 

Royal Brackla Distillery History

Captain William Fraser founded the distillery at Cawdor in 1812 at the height of the illicit whisky domination. He complained “he was surrounded by people who drank nothing but whisky yet he could not sell 100 gallons in a year.”

 

In 1835 the “Royal” was added to distillery name of Brackla, having been given the royal warrant. Bestowed as a result of King William IV’s particular liking for the whisky, which was called ‘The King’s Own Whisky’. The distillery is one of only three ever entitled to the ‘Royal’ appellation.

 

Queen Victoria extended the royal warrant in 1838

 

During 1852 Robert Fraser takes control of the distillery

 

Brackla was used in the making of the very first blended whiskies, assembled from malts and grains, a process developed by Edinburgh merchant, Andrew Usher.

 

The distillery remained in the hands of the Fraser family until the end of the century.1898 when the Brackla Distillery Co Ltd was formed, gaining the lease and land for expansion from the Earl of Cawdor.

 

In 1919 John Mitchell and  James Leith of Aberdeen acquired the company and in 1926 sold it to John Bisset & Co Ltd of Leith. Who where taken over by DCL in 1943

 

In 1966 the floor maltings were closed and a second pair of stills where added in 1970.

 

Component of Dewar’s White Label Blended Whisky

 

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Royal Brackla (no age statement)

Royal Brackla Aged 10 Years

 

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 10 Years

Colour: Golden amber

 

Nose: A light, fresh and floral nose, which brings to mind the rustic landscape of Cawdor

 

Body: Medium to long

 

Palate: The first encounter is refreshingly leafy, and develops a well rounded floral character, which is both fruity and spicy

 

Finish: An extremely pleasant, long, malty finish, with just a hint of oak

 

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Vintage Older Distillery Bottlings

 

Royal Brackla aged 20 years 1978 - 59.8% Rare Malts Selection released 1998.

 

Royal Brackla aged 25.

 

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky 20 year old 1978 - 59.8% released 1998

 

Rare Malts Selection.

 

Colour: Green gold

 

Flowery with some ginger on the nose.

 

The rich bodied style, characteristic sweetly honeyed flavours and warming, dry finish makes a splendid after dinner malt.

 

Royal Brackla Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Cadenhead’s

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Coopers Choice,

Mackillop’s Choice,

Mission (Murray McDavid)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)

 

Royal Brackla 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46%, 70cl

Connoisseurs Choice

Distilled 1991 bottled 2007 by Gordon & MacPhail

Royal Brackla Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes...

 

Colour: Pale gold.

 

Neat without water

Nose: Sherry notes with herbal, earthy aromas. Fruit notes with limes, melon and pears all present. Hints of charred wood.

 

Palate: Sweet, sherry flavours combine with a rich spiciness (liquorice sticks) traces of new leather and some sweet caramel flavours.

 

With water

Nose: Sherry aromas dominate. Sweet fruit and earthy aromas present with a subtle smoky note.

 

Palate: Sweet, sherry wood flavours. Hints of aniseed with a sweet, nutty element. Some dry, charred notes develop.

 

Body: Medium, rounded.

 

Finish: Sherry Notes

 

Cask Type:. Refill Sherry Casks.

 

Whisky Style: A rich, flavoursome Highland Malt.

Royal Brackla Distillery, Cawdor,

Nairn,

Nairnshire,

IV12 5QY

Tel: +44 (0)1667 404280

 

No Visitor Facilities

Royal Brackla Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

 

Nose: Fresh, fruity, grassy.

 

Palate: Medium bodied. Juicy malt, rich fruit and a hint of spice.

 

Finish: Dry with late smoke.

Founded in 1812 by Captain William Fraser

Location Speyside region Findhorn valet district

Water source The Cowdor Burn.

 

Royal Brackla Distilling Equipment

Large stainless steel mash tun.

2 Stainless steel washbacks

4 large capacity pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon with some sherry cask.

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