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Thanks to Malt Mondays for providing excellent tasting notes on Royal Brackla 12 - 40% Highland Single Malt - The Kings Dram!

 

History


 Currently owned by the huge spirits brand Bacardi Royal Brackla has some serious history & pedigree! Established in 1812, the distillery was built on the grounds of Cawdor Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. The venture was the work of Captain William Fraser a famously arrogant yet interesting man.

The Brackla Distillery gained the right to use the “Royal” moniker after officially being given warrant by the King, King William IV. Royal Brackla was also chosen to be the Royal courts whisky of choice.

The distillery was passed onto Williams Son Robert Fraser in 1852 then in 1879 the distillery & ownership was re-branded as Brackla Distillery & Co. The Companies capital at the time was estimated at $100,000 & was divided & sold as shares with a small group of entrepreneurs controlling the lion share. After this the company changed hands several times as is always the case with scotch! It even was forced to cease operations during in World War 2 then again in 1964 when it went under a huge rebuild & modest upgrade to more modern techniques & reopened in 1966. During the early 1970’s upgrades continues until the site closed it’s doors again 1985. During this time the casks remained & matured whilst being used for blends, operations recommence in 1991. In 1997 2 million was spent on refurbishment, then a year later Bacardi-Martini purchased the distillery.

 

Whisky


Aged 12 years, Bottled @ 40% this has had colorant added. It’s matured in First fill Oloroso casks, always a wonderful thing.

Also take a look at the branding! Thick robust glass & cork, tall elegant bottles, it all conjures up images of the regency... also the empty makes for a classy decanter.

 

Nose


 Very Complex. Strong Sherry. Tangerines. Christmas Spices; Nutmeg & Cinnamon. Honey. Almonds. Dried Apricots. Virgin Oak. Taste: Creamy Barley. Oily. Rich Sherry. Dark Cherries. Bitter Orange. Nutty. Sugared & Toasted Almonds.

 

Finish


Medium. Building Spice. Dried Fruits. Earl Grey Tea.

 

Conclusion


There is a lot going on in this one, It’s a sherry bomb but a very light & smooth one! It’s refined by design, a mature number, somewhat cognac like... a quintessential after dinner dram!!