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Whisky Reviews for Royal Brackla 12-year-old
32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.61 points
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- Unfortunately, just too underpowered. Some decent sherry notes mixed in there and an interesting bitter or sharp "bite" on the palette at the death. However, there is a little bit of watery-ness too that I found a bit off-putting.
- Solid malty Speysider with a nutty, dry sherry touch. Tasty, but nothing unusual.
Fruity sherry, red grapes, citrus (orange, lemon), milk chocolate, a tiny trace of smoke, liquid caramel.
Milk chocolate, mild sherry.
Medium long with some oak and dark chocolate.
- To state the obvious first: the strength is way too low and makes things a bit *too* soft and watery. With that out of the way: this is an elegant, dry and multi- (rather than one-)dimensional Speysider with enough unique characteristics and particularities to make it stand out.
The nose is especially nice, with soft florals, dry sherry, bitter oranges, faint liquorice, and musty wood. None of this is loud or in-your-face; it all arrives in a whisper.
On the tongue, things are somewhat less impressive. There's some soft sweetness initially, then garden-fruit juiciness and dry tannins vie for superiority, with the bitter side of things winning out in the end. On the whole, a rather astringent and oak-driven affair, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This one actually pulls it off quite nicely. A good apéritif (in the tradition of the Italian "bitter"), at any rate.
The finish is medium, bitter, slightly gingery and peppery. Again, this sounds worse than it is. Somehow the tart elements do not disturb here but come across as delicate, restrained and, for lack of a better word, deliberate.
A nice whisky if you like things soft (in terms of strength) and dry (in terms of taste). If you like the AnCnoc 12, you'll love this. Worth it if you can get a bottle for under 35 € and are not yet spoiled by >46% whiskies.
- Beautiful entry-level whisky
Figs, some vanilla and hints of leathery elements, later also barrel flavor and floral aromas
Mild, creamy texture, but slightly watery, figs, minimal tobacco and chocolate, sweet woody aromas
Medium, oak and fruity elements, but unfortunately also alcoholic, which refer to the departure into the middle class