ROYAL BRACKLA 11 ANS 2008 46%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 56765

After being rebuilt in 1897 and fully renovated between 1964 and 1966, the same period in which its malting floors were closed, Royal Brackla doubled its production capacity in 1970. After then being mothballed between 1985 and 1991, it once again underwent major renovation in 1997. Superbly malty, floral and fruity - to name just a few of its many charming attributes - this bottling wonderfully reproduces the sunny and radiant style of this niche single malt. Even better, it immediately takes us to the heart of the lush countryside surrounding the distillery.

the refined, floral, vanilla and fruity (apple) first nose is also herbaceous (cut hay). Allowed to breathe, it becomes spicy (pepper) and medicinal (ointment). The clean attack is very well-balanced. The wonderfully juicy mid-palate is characterized by notes of coconut milk and dried fruit. The floral (iris) and saline finish is gently malty and deliciously rich (Calisson d’Aix).
Single Malt – 46% - 70 cl
Single Cask no. 305112 – First Fill Bourbon Barrel
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  • Appearance : pale gold.
  • Nose : refined, ethereal. Moving from white florals (lily of the valley, lilac) to vanilla notes, and from fresh fruit (pear, apple) to herbaceous sequences (cut hay, lucerne), the first nose is remarkably refreshing. Revealing gentle liquorice and spice (pepper), it becomes increasingly medicinal (ointment) once allowed to breathe. Malted barley then gradually takes the reins with resplendent honey (acacia), vegetal (verbena) and herbal (green tea) tones. Spectacular!
  • Palate : clean, sharp. Continuing the tasting with the same syrupy and herbaceous notes found on the nose, the attack is mature and serene. Next, nuts (almond, walnut) and coconut milk bring lots of consistency and juiciness to the mid-palate. The incredibly lush end of the palate takes us across countryside fields to breathe in harvest-time aromas (straw, cut grass). A handful of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit) also appear to titillate the taste buds.
  • Overall : long, balanced. The aquatic and floral start of the finish reveals notes of water lily and yellow iris bloom as grains of salt fill the palate. The sweet bitterness of malted barley, courgette flower and Calisson d’Aix then literally transcend the very end of the palate. The retro-nasal olfaction is a real sweet treat, inviting us to bite into very ripe fruits (pear, peach). The empty glass is warm, sunny and spicy (ginger, cinnamon).
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Founded in 1812, Brackla, also known under the name Royal Brackla, became the property of John Dewars & Sons Ltd (Bacardi) in 1998. In the 19th century, it was one of only three distilleries to be awarded the ‘Royal’ epithet by King William IV, and then by Queen Victoria in 1838. At the time, Brackla was extremely well-reputed. Its malt, highly-prized by blenders including Walkers and Dewars, was behind the first commercial success in the blending industry, created by Andrew Usher at the end of the 1850s.

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Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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