700ml // 47.4% ABV
Braes of Glenlivet is now better known as Braeval after the distillery dropped the Glenlivet suffix in 1994 to avoid confusion with the nearby Glenlivet Distillery. The distillery is also the highest in Scotland with an altitude of 350m. This was distilled on the 23rd August 1991 before a 21 year maturation in a first-fill bourbon barrel. 251 bottles were drawn from the cask on the 28th November 2012.
Nose: Butter cream, fresh kiwi fruits and clover honey form a sweet and enticing aroma that draws you in.
Palate: The palate is reminiscent of cinnamon infused honey with the faint floral flavour of violets. Beyond this there are notes of lemon meringue pie and vanilla pods.
Finish: Insanely long and buttery with some clove and white pepper for spice.
Overall: This Braeval is incredibly creamy and honeyed. However, within this sweet flavour profile are subtle floral and spice notes which create a complex and intriguing dram. Lovely.