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Royal Brackla releases oldest expression

Royal Brackla has announced the release of a 45 year old whisky, finished in a single first-fill oloroso sherry cask.

The oldest proprietary bottling ever to be released by the distillery, the 45 year old was distilled on 28 August 1975. It matured in re-fill hogsheads for more than four and a half decades, before spending a year in first-fill oloroso sherry casks sourced directly from the distillery’s partner, Bodegas Jose y Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.


Bottled at 46.6% ABV, the producers have described the liquid as having notes of biscuit base, rich coffee and soothing milk chocolate. 


The liquid is presented in an engraved bottle suitably presented in a tailor-made wooden box, crafted from solid walnut and lined in leather.


Commenting on the release, malt master Stephanie Macleod commented: “Spending this amount of time in oak has given great depth and maturity to the whisky, showing off the qualities of the casks we use for maturing Royal Brackla.


"While the ‘Finishing Touch’, coming from the first-fill Oloroso cask, draws out the aromatic spices. Bountiful and intriguing, rich and robust, this is a rare malt to relish - one for those truly exceptional occasions.”


Only 172 bottles are available, only in Taiwan, at an RRP of £8,500 GBP / $10,500 USD per bottle.

20 November 2023 - Bradley Weir