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Braeval 20YO Cask Strength by Hart Brothers

Braeval 20 Year Old Cask Strength by Hart Brothers

This Braeval 20 year old cask strength single malt comes from the independent bottler Hart Brothers. I was fortunate enough to have a sample at Turku Beer and Whisky Festival. Needless to say, this whisky is something you’d definitely have to have full bottle in your cabinet.

Distilled at Braeval distillery, Speyside region, in June of 1998. Bottled at natural cask strength of 51,8% alcohol by volume level at Glasgow in September of 2018. Aged in first fill Oloroso sherry cask for 20 years, bottled un-chill filtered without artificial colouring. Top notch specifications if you ask me!

Little bit about the distillery. Braeval is located in Livet Glen, at the heart of Speyside, 9 miles south west of Dufftown. Seagram Distillers Plc opened it in 1973. Original name of the distillery was Braes of Glenlivet but to avoid confusion with The Glenlivet distillery, they changed it to Braeval.

Braeval distillery has an annual capacity of over 5 million liters of alcohol, its malt whisky being the main component of Seagram blended whiskies (Passport and 100 Pipers blends for example). Allt A Bhainne is Braeval’s sister distillery.

Braeval 20 year old cask strength single malt whisky bottled by Hart Brothers

Brief yet honorable moment with quality whisky

I hope you can bare with me on this one, my tasting notes are very short. Not because this whisky had poor palate or aromas. On the contrary, this Braeval felt rich and full. Spectacular whisky but unfortunately my time was very limited with it. What a tasting experience it had been if I could’ve rested this liquid gold a bit longer in the whisky glass.

So unfortunately my scoring and notes fall short. Still I was happy to have a chance to taste this kind of dram. Hidden old treasure from Hart Brothers!

Matured in:
Ex-Sherry Oloroso cask
ABV: 51.8%
Colour: Golden mahogany
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Nose: Juniper and hints of tropical fruits. Floral and grassy. Fresh oak, ginger and spices.
Taste: Creamy and smooth. Filled with tropical fruits and sweet sherry.
Finish: Fruitcake with lots of oak. Lemony finish with hints of oranges.
Balance: Vibrant yet full with Oloroso sherry sweetness.

Braeval 20YO Scoring

Distillery: Braeval Bottler: Hart Brothers Region: Speyside
Distilled June 1998 - Bottled September 2018

Distilled June 1998 – Matured in first fill Oloroso Cask – Bottled September 2018

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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