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 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.