Whisky Worthy Of A King!
When it comes to whiskies, there are the two types.
There’s the type you drink in the bars and clubs with friends, the music is loud, the talk is cheap and you don’t really care what it is as long as it gets the job done.
Then there’s the type that deserves your time and attention, to appreciate all the subtle hints of flavour that have been masterfully crafted by skilled hands, using methods often passed down through generations.
The Royal Brackla 21 is firmly in the latter camp
Thankfully I have a very crazy friend (instagram.com/ethanhhhhhhh) who decided to gift me a bottle and I count my blessings that he did!
The first thing you should take note of is the name.
Not any old company can use the ‘Royal’ title in their name, the brand needs to have been awarded a Royal Warrant to do so.
The Royal Brackla Distillery in the Scottish Highlands was the first Scotch whisky ever granted a Royal Warrant by King William IV way back in 1833.
This means they’ve been recognised for excellence in their field and actually provide whisky for the royal households.
It just adds an extra level of cool knowing you’re enjoying something enjoyed by kings and nobility.
The royal experience begins with the unboxing, the packaging is simply excellent!
It seems to be human nature that you automatically feel something is high quality when it has a good weight to it.
We naturally associate heavy items with greater quality and that’s what you get here. I’ve never encountered a bottle with such a hefty cork. It’s actually crafted with a solid metal engraved top which makes for a great finishing touch.
Of course it would mean nothing if the goods inside were not up to par and make no mistake, it is!
The longer a whisky is aged, the darker and more rich the appearance and flavour, especially when the whisky is aged in sherry casks.
The sweet sherry wine casks, over the years, imparts wonderful, caramel, syrup and dark fruit notes to the aroma and the taste.
It’s the kind of drink you can imagine enjoying, wrapped up all cosy in front of a toasty fireplace on a cold winter's night.
You get those initial burnt toffee notes and then the warmth and complexity of a good whisky as you finish each sip.
It warms you up from the inside, leaving you with the kind of warm fuzzy feeling I would normally only associate with Christmas.
If you’ve been nice, perhaps there will be a bottle in your stocking this Christmas! Provided Santa can resist the urge to finish the bottle himself that is!
The Royal Brackla 21 is highly recommended for anyone looking for a sophisticated treat.
Let me know what you think? Do you have a favourite spirit?
Remember to drink responsibly and see you all in the next post,
Dr. Bobby Stryker