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Royal Brackla 12 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY // SPEYSIDE, SCOTLAND

Brackla distillery, as it was known before it got its Royal Warrant, was built in Speyside in 1812 by Captain William Fraser of Brackla House. It was a decade before the Excise Act of 1823, which sanctioned distilling of whisky for a license fee, and paved the way for the modern whisky industry. In 1835, King William IV – whose reign saw the abolition of slavery – bestowed a Royal Warrant upon the distillery.

It was the first distillery to get such a label, and its spirit was henceforth known as the ‘King’s own whisky’. Most of the distillery’s production, nearly 4 million litres of spirit annually, goes into Dewar’s blends, but as with other Dewar’s distilleries a single malt range has been launched as part of the Last Great Malts.

Royal Brackla 12 is first aged in ex-bourbon casks and then finished for an undisclosed amount of time in first fill Oloroso sherry casks. In the glass, the whisky is fully amber in colour with nose full of pitted fruit (apricots, nectarines), tropical fruit (mango & papaya), dark malt, honey and a light spice that may remind you of cider.

The palate starts off with rich notes of toffee, malt, dark fruit and dark honey before evolving into notes of red apples, spice and dried fruit. The sherry comes through in the dark fruit & dried fruit notes, but not in a solid identifiable “sherry” note. The finish is long with notes of dried apricot, hay, toffee, banana chips and light touch of smoke.

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