Located in the far south of the Speyside region, Braeval shares the honour of being the joint highest distillery in Scotland, along with Dalwhinnie. Founded in 1973 as "Braes of Glenlivet", Pernod Ricard purchased the Braeval distillery in 2001 only to mothball it the following year. Currently owned by Chivas Brothers, (who kick-started production in 2008), Braeval has always produced for the blenders. As a 'volume' distillery it was re-designed in 1997 for maximum efficiency so that the entire plant could be operated by a single worker. Braeval has never taken the step of marketing products under its own label, so when bottlings do surface they tend to grab the attention of whisky completionists.
This 18 Year Old Braeval is one of only 291 bottles released under Douglas Laing's Old Particular label, charged from a Sherry butt with no added colouring or chill filtration. Distilled in 2001 and bottled August 2019 at the higher strength of 48.4% ABV.
Cask ref: DL13507
The spice on the nose is incredible, beeswax and freshly polished wood, there’s dark chocolate tannins with cranberries and raspberries.
Palate offers dried fruits - plums and figs, plenty of spice happening here, like an exotic banquet. Strawberries, cranberries and raspberries, little nuttiness and some caramel.
Luscious and sweet finish, rich and long.