Royal Brackla 21 yo (40%, OB 2015)
Nose: nice, subtle aromas. Candle wax and leather, with oak polish and exotic spices (ginseng, clove). Green tea. Eucalyptus and menthol. Orange and apple peels, damsons, very light grassy notes. Great old-style elegance and waxiness.
Mouth: subtle and quite waxy again, vaguely fruity (lime, bergamot). Star anise. Something of dried mango. Becomes darker, maltier and more chocolaty towards the end. Vanilla. Straw. Hints of old wood – it feels old-fashioned and older than 21yo actually.
Finish: okay length given the low strength, still quite malty but drier and earthier.
This is a very fine dram, mature yet delicate. On the other hand it feels a bit underpowered and too expensive for what it is. Around € 250.