Royal Brackla 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 52.69

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211 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Brackla 12-year-old

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.65 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    There's not much to get excited about.
    Then again there is absolutely nothing offending.
    It's got a very steady progression and then it just leaves without making any fuzz.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Dig the nose in there and you will find the usual sherry notes, but it's very soft and muted. Most likely because of the no more than minimum ABV.
      But it's a pleasant nose, nothing off.
    • Taste
      82 82
      About what you expect after nosing.
      A soft and mellow sherry matured dram, maybe a bit too light. But this makes it very easy drinkable.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Some nice nutty flavours, sweet orange.
      Unfortunately not lasting very long.

  2. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Fresh clean sour sweet sherry with milk chocolate, peaches, assorted fruits and cinnamon.

    RATING: 82pts - [n20,t21,f21,b20] → |83-85: Decent|

  3. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity, swings back and forth between sweetness and acidity. Raspberries, gooseberries, sultanas, ripe lemons, marzipan, nuts, milk chocolate. Good complexity.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly full-bodied for the 43% alcohol. Fruity sherry, whole milk and nut chocolate, fine spices. The sweetness declines, dryness prevails.
    • Finish
      Medium length finish with delicate wood notes, nuts and nutmeg.

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, malty and fruity on the nose of honey and apricot. Behind it some milk chocolate. Relatively simple and unobtrusive.

    In the mouth, light alcohol, citrus and a little spice.

    In the finish oranges, nuts and coffee notes and associations of cognac.

    Relatively simple malt that doesn't do anything wrong but also can't inspire.

    Grade: 2

  7. MLE scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. Officer Hadley scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Bomb right from the start and a long finish.

  9. JBKwb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. peej84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83


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