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ROYAL BRACKLA 13 YO (2006/2020, VALINCH & MALLET, 51,7%)

We go back to the last batch of Valinch & Mallet bottling, and after having an excellent Dufftown, with an ex-Oloroso cask finish, today we taste a 13 years old Royal Brackla, finished in a traditional old sherry butt too. This is Pedro Ximenez. You can find the chat we had with Davide and Fabio, so you can hear the story of this barrel directly from their voices.

N: it is such a particular nose… From the beginning we have heavy notes of licorice; there is a strange hint of jute sack, really unusual; Corsican bread, the one with raisins. Chestnuts, indeed: chestnut flour. Walnuts, definitely – and also nocino liquor. It is pretty winy, but it has nothing to do with that huge sweetness that we usually find in PX ‘modern’ finish. A sulfur hint, let’s say overipe oranges.

P: the start is very sweet and explosive, still very winey (it really tastes like Pedro Ximenez itself!). Raisin sugar, sweet wine, orange liqueur; more chestnut biscuits. Burnt caramel, burnt strawberry jam… For sure this isn’t a refreshing profile. From the initial sweetness, we pass to a bitter organic note, which brings to mind cooked vegetable Catalonia and bovine liver – bitter and metallic.

F: it stands quite spicy, like seasoned gorgonzola (did you ever taste Cabrales?), also a bit of dark chocolate.

A frankly unique profile; we must be honest, while appreciating the particularity, we must say that this is not our ideal whisky, not our favorite profile. But we are sure that a lot of people will like it, and in general we highly recommend to have a sip because it’s hard to taste a Pedro Ximenez like this nowadays. For lovers of clothes more than bodies: 85/100.

Sottofondo musicale consigliato: Nina Simone – Just like a woman.

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