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#LastGreatMalts - Royal Brackla Distillery Review

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Press Trip round the 5 John Dewar & Sons distilleries for their Last Great Malts tour, which i just could not refuse, and I was lucky enough to attend this trip last week.

There are 5 distilleries to go through so i'm going to do them as individual posts to be a bit more informative and as there would be a huge amount of tasting notes to accompany them.

Penultimate on the list, Royal Brackla distillery, like many of the Dewars portfolio of distilleries, was until very recently only available through Independent bottlings as the stock was mainly reserved for blending, this change has taken time to implement but the whiskies really shine so it's been worth the wait.

Royal Brackla was the first distillery to get a Royal Warrant back in 1833

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Royal Brackla Distillery

The washbacks are really interesting here as although wooden then hay stainless steel cconical covers, something i'd not seen anywhere else before.

warehouse at Royal Brackla
Warehousing at Royal Brackla from the washback room

A really quaint and pretty distillery, which actually had an airfield in the frield next to it at one point.

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The Still House

The stills here are working ones so not as polished and brasso covered as many you see, it's good to see this and adds to the character, in my opinion.

Waterloo St style shutters as seen at many distilleries

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Such gorgeous looking scenary and buildings

Last up in this series will be Aberfeldy distillery, later in the week

Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (Work in Progress) Review

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Royal Brackla One from a distillery i've never reviewed before this Royal Brackla 16 year old is a Work in progress dram, which is unlikely to be released as it is and has now been sent for 6 months of finishing in sherry casks, something a few of us thought was unnecesary.

I really enjoyed this dram and i'm looking forward to trying the final dram once it is released, this was a lovely just the way it was.

Thanks to Steve (@steveprentice) for letting me borrow this pic as i forgot to take a pic of the bottle.

Tasted during a tour with Dewars.

Tasting Notes & Details


Light fresh and gentle with oodles of fresh fruit salad and hints of waxed lemons


Waxy pickled lemons and tinned syrupy fruit salad with cherries coming through strong


Sweet syrupy cherries

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (Work in Progress)
Age: 16
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Royal Brackla
Bottler: Royal Brackla
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 07/12/2014 by Tom

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