Tasting note by Serge Valentin
Royal Brackla 16 yo (57%, OB, Zenith Import Italy, b. in the 70’s) Here’s one of these old Italian OB’s! It’s really astonishing to see that the Italians had so many different OB’s way before the rest of the world, even the UK, including Caol Ila, Clynelish, and this Brackla. The latter shows a pale straw colour, and at first nosing it’s powerful, even tingling, and surprisingly fresh. Great fruity notes (watermelon, white peach, rhubarb). Then it gets a little grassy (dill) and woody. But what a nice wood! I really like this sharp and very fresh nose. The mouth is more balanced, but still quite powerful. Beautiful fruit (pineapple, peach), then gets quite grassy, ala Banff. A lot of pepper and some fresh woody notes underline the whole. Again, very good, but not extremely complex on the palate. The nose is very interesting still, like some great Clynelishe’s. SV: 87 points, OH: 88 points.