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Royal Brackla 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.94/100
votes
127
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000277000661
Added on
08 Aug 2015 9:15 am by John Barleycorn
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48,07

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Brackla 12-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.94 points

  1. 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.

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

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

  3. LittlePeat scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  4. midnite scored this whisky 84 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.

  5. logo229 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  6. 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

  7. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Royal Brackla 12YO is a quite good whisky. The aroma is a sweet and fresh with fruits, cake, furniture polish, fresh grass, pineapple, perfume notes. The palate continues the aroma profile and goes with dried fruits, tropical fruits, polish, grass and oak notes. The finish is a middle, sweet, dry and spicy with vanilla and fruits notes. It’s a smooth, sweet and easy to drink whisky.

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A rich and full body.
    • Nose
      Very gentle and leafy, perfumed floral notes, almonds and plump vine fruits. Nice.
    • Taste
      Refreshingly leafy, and develops a well rounded floral character which  is both fruity and spicy.
    • Finish
      An extremely  pleasant, long finish. Steeped in sherried richness.

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Soft, slightly watery, flat. Such a whisky that passes silently, okay, no more and no less.

  10. Whisky101 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A really nice whisky, not overly complex and a little weak due to the 40% vol. A very enjoyable dram but it will not challenge you. 
    • Nose
      A beautiful nose; apricots, raisins, oranges, you know for sure this is a sherry cask whisky. 
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy, beautiful flavours from Oloroso sherry, a light dusting of spice from ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg but all very light. It settles down to oranges and raisins with a slight taste of chocolate. 
    • Finish
      Quite long. The fruit and spice fade away and lead into a beautiful creamy sherry.

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