Hunter Laing Braeval Tasting Notes

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Braeval, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Braeval 2001(?) (14 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Dist: 2001(?) Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: OMC2527/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Intense, herbal aromas with treacle, malt, liquorice, raisins, prune and sweet sherry spices.

The palate is all sherry cask. Treacle, malt, prune, raisin, sultana with a touch of dark chocolate and building, dusty spices. Long and quite citric with a mouth-watering finish and lingering spices.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Braeval 2001 (15 year old) 50%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2630/ Dist: Dec 2001 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Aromas of hard and herbal barley and refill sherry. Hints of tangerine, malt and baked fruit follow and with time a touch of sweet barley emerges.

The palate opens with the hard barley along with milk chocolate, baked fruit and subtle herbal notes from the cask. It continues in a slightly industrial style and finishes with some citrus and intrusive alcohol. This makes it somewhat austere and unforgiving.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Braeval 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2547/ Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Subtle, nutty sherry on the nose with hints of white chocolate, slightly hard barley, white fruit, honey and sherry spice.

The palate is rich and full with more spice and nutty sherry showing. Hints of hard barley emerge but some ripe and juicy fruit balances along with a touch of vanilla. Crisp, edgy, slightly hot finish with lingering spice, smoke and dusty barley.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Braeval 1991 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2603/ Dist: Aug 1991 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromas of warm oat cakes and malt, along with chunky Bourbon oak and hints of treacle, burnt cinnamon, corn and rye-like notes. The oak is pretty dominant, but a touch of gooseberry and greenagage comes through. With time hints of perfumed wild flowers and sweet vanilla.

The palate opens with some soft, coffee’d tannins, dark chocolate and treacly Bourbon oak. Like the nose there is a touch of rye-like herbs, spics e and an astringent citric note. The oak is better behaved and more supportive, (until the finish, that is!) some tangerine and barley comes through on the middle. Good length with oak, cocoa powder, rye-like herbs and light marc notes on the finish.


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Braeval 2002? (14 year old) 48%

Bourbon/ Code: ART0076/ Dist: 2002? Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Aromas of dusty oak and sweet barley with a touch of grass and lime. Relatively simple but deep with a late hint of white liquorice.

The palate is crisp and fresh with barley, lime and hints of vanilla. Again straightforward but pleasantly deep with a crisp, mouth-watering finish with lingering barley, apricot and dusty tannins.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Braeval 2001 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0018/ Dist: May 2001 Btl: May 2014/ Tasted: June 2014

Pungent aromas of brittle and dusty barley with quite an alcohol nip. Lightly oiled with white fruit and a touch of celery. Lightly manurey and beeswaxy with [an unclean perfumed note] a touch of caramel.

The palate is soft, oaky and buttery with a touch of white fruit and apricot. Lightly earthy middle with stalky herbs and celery notes in the finish. Medium length with the oak lightly bittering the after-taste.


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