Braeval 1998 12-year-old

Bought: English Whisky Company, 6th November 2015

81/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)

Although the Braeval distillery changed its name from ‘Braes of Glenlivet’ in 1994 you still find plenty of references online to its former self. My only previous bottle was a miniature distilled in 1987 which Cadenhead’s bottled in 1995 as a ‘Braes of Glenlivet’. It might be 22 years since the renaming but that’s no time at all in the world of whisky. Names and terms have a habit of sticking around forever in the whisky industry. I blame the Internet but I do for most things!

The house style for Braeval is quite sweet, fruity, grassy, spices and a hint of smoke. I know from tasting a Glen Spey that I enjoy a cask-strength Speysider with a good hint of grass, so Braeval sounds intriguing. The malt used is unpeated and the casks are ex-bourbon (providing the sweetness, fruits and spice). The distillery (the highest in Scotland) was mothballed in 2002 but brought back to life in 2008, which is a blessing for all us whisky lovers. 81/100 on Whiskybase certainly ranks this bottle of Braeval as a delicious find. 449 bottles were produced and I have number 264. Not a bad purchase for £60.

Braeval 1998 12yo 70cl

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