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Royal Brackla 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.37/100
votes
60
Whiskybase ID
WB185643
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Finish
Bottled
06.02.2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Palo Cortado Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L20037ZA
Barcode
7640171035604
Added on
18 jun 2021 11:28 pm by djmaxliving
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 122.15

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Brackla 18-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.37 points

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good but not quite mainstream taste. Leaves a bit of an odd aftertaste for me that reminds of (perfume-free!) soap. Unlike the new 12 yo you need to be aware that the sherry finish comes from a light Palo Cortado so don't expect too much of Oloroso or PX in the taste. I like the ncf/nc/46% abv. craft presentation though this one is a bit rough around the edges and not overly complex @ 18 years of age. Overall still very decent, maybe try before you buy as it it not at all cheap for what it is. In a way you could say that its younger sibling is its strongest adversary. ;-)

  2. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant and fresh looking malt.
    The nose and the palate are really good, but the finish falls off a bit.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Slightly sour beginning, a little citrus, grapefruit, plus honey, but is rather reserved at first, then comes more fruit sweetness, malt and grain. Some toasted nuts and almonds come through. But still looks very fresh even at a disadvantageous time.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity citrus, apricots and mandarins, somewhat dry, with a slightly tingling spiciness. A few exotic fruits like melon and peach mix with it. Fruitiness predominates here and is nicely complemented by wood aromas.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, citrus, gentle sherry, nuts and light oak spice.

  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Just keywords from an online tasting where you only spend a few minutes with a whisky without properly analyzing it.

    This is an absolute highlight of today's online tasting. So nicely balanced after the discordant drams before.
    Oily, intense, broad, tasty, light - I really like it and find it super tasty.

  4. 2ndSip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not super complex on the nose; some fruit, slight acidity.
    In the taste again fruit, more spiciness, the sherry share comes through well, but is not intrusive.
    Relatively weak exit for an 18-year-old.
    If you like light acidity with a certain fruit component, yeah, go, but that's not overwhelming for an 18 at the price. Get a sample first. That's enough for me...
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      84 84
      first closed, then fruity over time. Citrus tones, tangerine, grapefruit, tart orange, yellow-green apple. In the background vanilla and a little honey. Light malt character.
      After more time to breathe, a floral note emerges, but it reminds me of wilting flowers in a greenhouse.
    • Taste
      84 84
      fruity, light spiciness and spices (the sherry comes through much better here). Here, too, the sherry produces more of the sour component to the fruit.
      Second sip: a lot of fruit, which is now becoming clearer (apple, tangerine, citrus...) and swings slightly sour again. A bitter moment comes into play at the back (coffee powder).
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long... some spiciness from the barrel, the sherry moment with the sour touch of the cortado swings out quite quickly. Bisl fruit, but overall then fades quite quickly.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Yellow fruits, citrus, toffee, citrus, not bad

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Palo Cortado Finish - You should be aware of this when buying this bottle. Palo Cortado is not "mainstream"
    The age, the distillery and the finish go well together for me. Give this whisky time. It probably won't work the first time you try it. Over days, drams and weeks it gets better and better and tastier.
    Well made, slightly special dram.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Some ripe fruits like sweet tangerine and pineapple,creamy and spicy,honeydew,a little cinnamon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and cream,tannin dryness,pineapple,tangerines with some whipped cream,peppery.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and strong spicy,tannin dryness,a hint of bitterness.

  8. djmaxliving scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The nose is most peculiar, I don't dislike the nose but I'm not going to spend forever nosing it? and after the nose, the rest is all downhill.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pine leaves, peppermints, sugar, airways chewing gum, fresh and onion spicy mix?
    • Taste
      83 83
      Spicy, pepper sauce, green mint, and light tree sap. definitely detect the influence of the new cask used, quite a vibrancy for 46%.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Strong bitter pepper.

  9. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Comet67 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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