Braes of Glenlivet has had a bit of a chequered history.
It is famous for being the highest distillery in Scotland (350m, 1148 feet in old money) and is based in southern Speyside (near Glenlivet).
Built in 1974, closed in 2002, re-opened in 2008 and also re-named to Braeval along the way.
Whew! Quite a journey …
This bottling was distilled on the 23rd August 1991, matured for 21 years in a first-fill bourbon barrel and popped into 251 bottles on the 28th November 2012.
It is an interesting malt, delicate and quite subtle.
A nice change from some of the slam, dunk malts out there.
Braes o’ Glenlivet 21 Year Old – Single Cask
(Master of Malt)
|Nose: No powerful spirit ‘hit’, just a pleasant sweet and creamy aroma of things to come.
Palate: Sweet, buttery, cake mixture with a hint of vanilla.
Finish: Smooth as silk, creamy, short spice hit.
Overall: Rather a mild dram, not too sweet or too spicy. Saying that it becomes rather morish after a few sips … then the sample ran out!
Many thanks to Master Of Malt for this sample.