And then there were five – the last of Bacardi's Last Great Malts project, Royal Brackla, has now been released.
Produced on Cawdor Estate in the Highlands, Royal Brackla takes its name from being the first Scotch to be awarded a royal warrant, by King William IV all the way back in 1835.
Previously used in blending, it's now launched as a single malt with three expressions. Fermentation is notable, as it lasts up to 80 hours, before ageing in first-fill oloroso sherry casks and bottling at 40% abv.
First we've got a 12yo, which has rich and fruity aromas, and some creamy, coconut notes and sweet spice on the palate. The 16yo is nuttier, with a nose of toasted almonds, walnuts and oats. On the palate it's very gentle, with some stonefruit notes and a slightly spicy finish. As for the 21yo, it opens a little tropical, with waxy notes. The mouthfeel is rich and powerful, with a bit more sweetness than the others, and fruit coming out on the finish.
RRPs are £45.94, £85.50 and £178.25 respectively via The Whisky Exchange. Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, 01962 762100.