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05 Jun 2013

Braeval 1994 (Liquid Library)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Braes of Glenlivet

There’s suddenly a lot of middle-aged Braeval aka Braes of Glenlivet on the market. That means lots of options with similar quality, I don’t think you can go wrong. This Braeval 1994 was bottled in the Liquid Library series. It’s not easy to find, I suspect there aren’t many bottles or it hasn’t been distributed yet.

 

Braeval 1994 Liquid LibraryBraeval 18 yo 1994 (49,7%, Liquid Library 2013, ex-bourbon barrel)

Nose: very very fruity. Bright lime and orange, lemon curd, lots of banana and marshmallow. Peach yoghurt and kiwi. Assorted fruit gums. Also a green oakiness. Vanilla custard and honey. Bring on the summer, baby. Mouth: again so fresh and fruity, with a nice balance of sweetness and sourness. Orange, green apple peelings, tangerine and lime. Marzipan cookies. Grassier and oakier than the nose. Some pepper. Finish: not exactly dry but the oak has a firm grip now. Cooked fruit and pepper.

Good summery whisky, and this expression is particularly bright and vibrant. Around € 90. By the way, there’s a similar version in the Liquid Treasures series. Just as good.

Score: 88/100

Braeval 1994 (Liquid Library) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-05

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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