Royal Brackla 16 Years Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Royal Brackla
  • Age 16 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • walnuts
  • rancio
  • sherry
  • marzipan
  • spicy
  • apple
  • pear
  • dark chocolate
  • butterscotch

Royal Brackla

16 Years Old (0.75l, 40%)
Price $141.99

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A sixteen year-old, Sherry-finished, Highland Single Malt good enough for a king.

In 1812, Captain William Fraser of Brackla House built his distillery on the grounds of Cawdor Castle — just a bit too far west to be considered a Speyside, so a Highlander it is. King William IV liked it so much he awarded them a “Royal Warrant” to keep him well supplied. Thus they became the Royal Brackla Distillery and have been called “The King’s Own Whisky” ever since. Queen Victoria renewed it in 1838. The turn of the century brought a series of acquisitions, mergers, and buy-out. It has been closed twice for major renovations and repairs, but has other wise been in continuous operation. Formerly owned by Diageo, it became a part of the Bacardi portfolio when they acquired John Dewer & Sons in 2014.

The sixteen year-old is the middle child of the Royal Brackla range — there is a twelve and a twenty-one as well. But we have to say that the sixteen is likely our favorite of the bunch. Brackla finishes their Single Malt in premium, first-fill, Oloroso Sherry casks, and sixteen years is darn-near a magic number for aging. Brackla has been in such demand for blends that they are a lesser-known brand among Single Malts. All that combines to make it a highest quality dram and a great value.

Smartass Corner:
Only three distilleries have ever been awarded the right to use the word “Royal” in their name by order of King of Queen — it’s called a “Royal Warrant.” They include Royal Brackla, Royal Lachnagar, and the now demolished Glenury Royal. If you’re thinking of the Whisky “Royal Salute,” they have a warrant for that particular Spirit, not the distillery.
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Royal Brackla
  • Age 16 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Autumn Gold 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
There is the scent of distant orange tress, butterscotch, vanilla custard, apricot, and walnuts.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
On the palate the walnuts arise again with hints of Sherry-infused rancio, sultanas, marzipan, apples and pears, and a spicy kick.

Finish
The finish surprises with dark chocolate.
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  • walnuts
  • rancio
  • sherry
  • marzipan
  • spicy
  • apple
  • pear
  • dark chocolate
  • butterscotch
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Royal Brackla is one of only three distilleries that are allowed the "Royal" epithet in their title. The other two are Glenury Royal (now closed) and Royal Lachnager. All three of them are situated in the Highlands.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Royal Brackla is one of only three distilleries that are allowed the "Royal" epithet in their title. The other two are Glenury Royal (now closed) and Royal Lachnager. All three of them are situated in the Highlands.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
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