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.
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!