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Overall rating
87.83/100
votes
45
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 107
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
161
Strength
48.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Oct 2018 1:36 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145,00

3 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Braes of Glenlivet 1994 MBa

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.83 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] It is a long time ago since I had my last Braes of Glenlivet or Braeval. So I bought this bottle for 140 Euro out of curiosity (and because Maltbarn delivers good quality releases, usually)...

    ...but this one is truly a strange beast! The nose is very nice but both the taste and finish are bitter-drying and astringent. The sweetness of the fruits and sugars shine through the longer this dram breathes so give it plenty of time to avoid the bitter-drying trap. Actually, after some time and two more drams my taste adopted somewhat and now I like this whisky much better (this is good for additional three points on both taste and finish - making up a total of 87 points then, but I leave the score with the first dram's impressions).

    But finally, it is not my preferred style of a modern whisky (it is too much wood-driven)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the nose starts with solvent aromas (nail varnish remover, lacquer paint) that often can be found in old grain whiskies beside ripe fruits and honeys. Later spices and some wooden notes join in and create a nice and delicious profile that I really like. Water opens up the nose nicely and releases additional floral-waxy-mineral aromas that enhance the nose further.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is bitter-sweet with the bitter flavours (grass, tea, tobacco, wood) clearly dominating. After some chewing the fruits and sugars are recognisable and even some shy milk chocolatey flavours dare to show up - but it all stays a rather bitter affair. Lovers of that genre will probably like this but I am more of a sweet than a bitter guy. Nonetheless, this taste is not too bad (as the Aussies would state). Water soothes the bitterness somewhat and strengthens the sweeter side of the dram, I like this whisky best when reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a significant bitter-astringent touch (tannins at work). You have to particularly like this kind of mouthfeel to enjoy such a dram and I do not, unfortunately. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions. It stays bitter-drying-astringent all through the end (by the way, I am relaxed and well rested tonight so this taste is not due to "stressed" taste buds).

  2. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Excellent start and aromatics, but strongly subsides in taste and aftertaste. I expected more. Dryness prevails and spoils the overall impression.
    • Nose
      A good start with spices, cinnamon and coriander smoothly turn into varnish on dried pine mixed with layers of honey sweet and strawberry jam.
    • Taste
      Oil with spices, vanilla and wood dryness, dryness prevails and crushes the original pleasant notes, later bitterness is also added to dryness.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium duration and is the development of taste.

  3. Mr. D. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 - first try

    22 21 21 21 - second try

    overall good, but very thin, not enough expression

  7. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B22 - on Whisky Dram 2018 by GoodWine

    N22 P21 F21 B22 - during private tasting with @alex..w..fan

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