Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: A&G Selection
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: www.whiskyshop.it
Another special bottling made by the patrons of the Milano Whisky Festival, as always from a single cask with an April 2007 distillate that produced 309 cask strength bottles in May 2018.
Founded in 1812 by Captain William Fraser of Brackla House in the territory surrounding Cawdor Castle (whose name is indirectly mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, even though it was built after the tragedy), the distillery bears the (rare) title of Royal as it was chosen by King William IV for his court whisky, the first of three distilleries to be awarded this honour.
In 1839 it passed into the ownership of the Fraser family, and since 1879 it has been run by a company, Brackla Distillery Co Ltd.
There were further changes at the beginning of the twentieth century, until it closed due to a lack of grain during the Second World War, when it was in the hands of the Distillers Company Ltd.
At the end of the war the distillery reopened its doors, only to close them again for two years in 1964 in order to expand the facility. It closed again in 1985, with the casks remaining in the warehouses granted by the owners for the production of blended spirits.
Finally the final reopening in 1991, celebrated with a 60-year bottling, and the return to normal production, now managed by the giant Bacardi-Martini.
Straw yellow in the glass.
The aroma is very fresh, lots of peach, melon, cucumber, lemon peel on a bed of flowers and light vanilla. Delicate and balanced.
The alcohol, which was practically absent on the nose, is present on the palate without excess, maintaining its own sweet and elegant profile expressed in notes of honey, citrus, an impression of freshly cut grass, vanilla, hazelnuts and candied fruit. A caress in a silk glove, smooth and not banal.
The finish is quite long, of hazelnuts, honey and flowers.
A champion of elegance and balance, which maintains a sweet body without overdoing it, very fresh and suave, almost unbelievable given its youth.