Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
13 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
for The Nectar
Added on
09 Dec 2012 11:38 am

Average value

€ 45,00

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Whisky Reviews for Braeval 1998 SV

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.11 points

  1. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
      vanilla, spices, hint of fruits
    • Taste
      70 70
      tobacco (ash), pepper, vanilla
    • Finish
      75 75
      pepper, spicy

  2. CST1986 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    An extremely entertaining and big Braeval. I'd put money on my assumption that it was matured in an Ex-Islay cask, because the smokiness is very apparent and I don't think it's part of the original profile of the distillate.
    The interesting part is, that sometimes this seems very nice and like a perfect combination - and sometimes I sense a conflict between the flowery and honeyed distillery character and the smoke leading to overpowering and a bit off-putting soapy notes.

    Therefore a conservative score would probably not be higher than 80 or 81. But at times I did enjoy this malt immensely for it's uniqueness and smoky sweetness. So my personal score will be a bit higher.
    • Nose
      Deep, intense, and unlike any other malt I've encountered so far. Heather, flowery and honeyed, canola oil, lime juice with chalk and smoke in the background. The downside is that the whisky smells a bit soapy, like dish detergent - but only at times, depending on temperature and individual constitution. This Braeval might be far from perfect, but with its smokiness it's highly entertaining on the nose.
      With water: sweeter and fruitier, wild honey, dandelions and citrus. Nice!
    • Taste
      Without water: One of the smokiest Speysiders I've come across, they probably used an Ex-Islay hogshead for this. Behind the veil of smoke it's intensely honeyed with tangerines, lime juice, vanilla oil and yoghurt. The soapiness is still there. And if you try the malt on the "wrong" day, it might be disturbing.
      Without water: Silkier mouthfeel, but still very full-flavored and oily. Smoke, soot and charcoal in the far background. Good development. Still soapy though.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, honey, soft oriental spices and smoke.


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