I first sampled this North Star bottling of Royal Brackla in Berlin over a year ago at The Union Jack Pub. It left a positive impression of a pleasant, cheerful summery dram and I was curious to give it another go…
Royal Brackla 11 year (Oct 2006 /Feb 2018) 55.2%
- Colour – Amber
- Nose – Candied lemon peel, maple sugar, sweet spices, some herbs – particularly basil, give it a bit more time and apples, apricots, loads of sweet fruits, waxy and lightly perfumed
- Palate – A bright spice, then the fruitiness carries through on the palate with substance, it is a bit oily with a slightly bitter hint that lends a bit of substance to all the orchard fruits
- Finish – Nicely there… not long and lingering but quite pleasant
And with water? Much more approachable with the cheerful apple quality even more pronounced.
What I remember from our tasting a year ago was this whisky was sunshine and happiness, apples and apricots which carried through on the palate.
What I found most in this revisit? And when I returned a few times to sip again? Frankly I stopped even thinking about dissecting and distinguishing every element and instead just enjoyed – certainly a sign of a rather good dram – particularly in the summer!
Bottled in Feb 2018, North Star’s Single Cask Series 004, refill hogshead, one of 272 bottles. I purchased this bottle in May 2020 during our COVID ‘shut-in’ from Sansibar for EUR 49.58 plus 19% tax. In my books, this makes it affordable for an affable quality cask strength whisky.
And here are the fabulous North Star tasting notes:
- Nose – Cooked apricots, muscovado sugar and flaked almonds
- Palate – Strong fruit jam, pain au chocolate with bitter chocolate
- Finish – Patisseries character, with fruits and spice
Any other Royal Brackla encounters?
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