Whisky Review: SMWS 55.37 Royal Brackla “Choc a l’orange”

Style: Sweet and Spicy

Nose:
A sweet, powerful whiff of apricots, vinegar over tone, slightly grassy with a sturdier earthiness. Orange chocolate, chilli flakes dusting over. A mix of dry spices, nutmeg, five spices and cinnamon at the back.

Palate:
More sweet orange chocolate rolling onto palate. Herbal overtone, delicious honey hovering over ripe apricots and dried fruits. Green malt fires through leaving a fresh vanilla and earthy track. Pretty dry tail uplifted by ginger spices.

Finish:
Interchange between sweetness and dryness. Peppercorns, capsicum and ends with a grassy note.

Thoughts:
So far I have tried a few Sauternes cask and some cask finishes from the Society. There is a growing feeling that such measure is often utilized to inject extra sweetness into the spirit, especially when it is a cask finish. It works like a charm. Definitely a great way to balance the whisky, probably more so for a Royal Brackla to impart extra sweetness to a relatively greenish spirit. Quite nice!

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/ style]

[58.3% • 2015 Bottled • 2000 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • 276 Bottles • Aged 15 Years • Ex-Bourbon Hogshead Matured & Finished in 2nd Fill Sauternes Hogshead]

Tasted at Archie Rose Distillery

-Esmond