Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2015 9:12 am by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 49,91

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155 × member ratings

297 × in collection

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

  1. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      68 68

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    20 19 20 19 78

  3. ballunder scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    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.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Solid malty Speysider with a nutty, dry sherry touch. Tasty, but nothing unusual.

  5. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity sherry, red grapes, citrus (orange, lemon), milk chocolate, a tiny trace of smoke, liquid caramel.
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate, mild sherry.
    • Finish
      Medium long with some oak and dark chocolate.

  6. Mr. D. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. LittlePeat scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. logo229 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful entry-level whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
      Figs, some vanilla and hints of leathery elements, later also barrel flavor and floral aromas
    • Taste
      83 83
      Mild, creamy texture, but slightly watery, figs, minimal tobacco and chocolate, sweet woody aromas
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium, oak and fruity elements, but unfortunately also alcoholic, which refer to the departure into the middle class


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