BRAEVAL 1998 Hogshead G&M 59%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 54949
A 1998 vintage Braeval matured for 20 years in a refill American oak hogshead and bottled at 59%. It begins with stewed fruits alongside a delicate floral note, shifting over time to old wood and camphor.
Passion for single malt Scotch whisky has been at the heart of our family business for four generations. This range is an everchanging collection of unique perspectives on distilleries’ own bottlings, non-chill-filtered single cask and small batch expressions bottled at cask strength and exceptional one-offs. For the malt whisky explorer, it promises a journey of discovery through different flavours, finishes, strengths and vintages.
Style: Elegant and fruity
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- The brand
Built in 1973 by the Chivas Brothers group, Braeval was originally called Braes of Glenlivet. In 1996 it changed its name in order to avoid confusion with the Glenlivet distillery owned by the same group. Almost 100% of its production is used for blends including Chivas Regal.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
Of all the existing specialist bottling ranges, Connoisseurs Choice is without doubt the oldest. The label underwent a few changes in the 1980s. Plainer and more restrained, it became two-toned with creams and browns. When segmentation by region of production region was adopted by the whisky industry in the early 1990s, the range changed its identity again. The label now shows a map of the region of Scotland where the malt comes from. To the delight of whisky enthusiasts, the range, which is always evolving, is now bottled at 43% and 46%.
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