MacPhail’s Royal Brackla Tasting Notes

Posted: September 14, 2011 in Royal Brackla, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Royal Brackla 1998 (15 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry Casks/  Dist: 1998 Btl: 2013/ Tasted: Jan 2014

The aromas are soft and sweetly spiced with a touch of baked apple to begin with. Gently sherry notes mingle with liquorice root, crisp barley, mentholated herbs and coal smoke. With time some granity notes comes through.

The palate is crisp and barley laden with a soft fruitiness – apricot, sweet apple and pear. Like the nose it is gently spiced with a light creaminess and a touch of banana on the middle. Lovely intensity with a mineral/ stony finish which is balanced by the sherry sweetness so it doesn’t become too austere.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Royal Brackla 1998 (16 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Casks/ Dist: 1998 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Lovely aromas of fragrant honey, estery pineapple, apricot and pollen heavy flowers. A little soapy but that note is well integrated and with time some sweet vanilla and granite appears.

The palate opens with the sweet vanilla, barley and juicy apricot and melon. Very stony on the middle and displaying a lovely intensity. Long and juicy with the honey and oak returning along with a light hint of smoke.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Royal Brackla 1998 (16 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Casks & Refill Sherry Hogsheads/ Dist: 1998 Btl: 2014/ Re-Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose is aromatic and full with thick set honey and a subtle sherry sweetness. Hints of sugar coated apricot appears along with hints of herbs, nuts and vanilla.

The palate pretty much mirrors the nose with plenty of honey and subtle sherry notes. Full and rich with herbs, nuts, liquorice and a touch of malt. Slightly granity on the middle with a long, intensely spicy finish with subtle herbal and vanilla notes.

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Royal Brackla 1991 (17 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: June 1991 Btl: Apr 2009/ Tasted: June 2011

A lovely, perfumed, engrossing nose of sweet, sugar coated light sherry influenced fruit. Quite herbal with some pleasant malty-honeyed moments. Very full and aromatic, developing hints of xmas cake and brandy butter.

The palate is soft and succulent. Subtle refill sherry in a moist xmas cake style mingles with some rich fruit, herbal and brandy butter. Very polished with a balancing nip of alcohol. Long, mouth watering granity-honeyed finish with the herbal nuances returning. All in all this is a lovely medium to full bodied Spey.

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Royal Brackla 1995 (17 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: June 1995 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Mar 2012

A slightly perfumed and very subtly sherried nose. Pleasantly soft and rounded with hints of barley, cream soda, spice and earth.

The palate opens with a pleasant degree of citrus fruit which gives it some verve along with a sharp edge. Gentle barley and subtle sherry notes follow. Quite full with plenty of sweet, fleshy fruit and balancing piquant alcohol. Good length with a hint of vanilla and spice in the finish. Excellent value for money.

Gordon & MacPhails Connoisseurs Choice Royal Brackla 1974 (25 year old) 40%

Dist: 1974 Btl: 1999/ Tasted: Apr 2004

Quite a sweet nose of candied fruit, bourbon oak, honey, spices and a touch of peat. Full and soft on the palate. Fruity with honey and some subtle spices. Quite weighty with a crisp and slightly peat middle. Mouth watering finish with a citrus-orange finale.


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