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

Style: Sweet and Spicy

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.

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.

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

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