Royal Brackla 28 Scott’s Selection 1976

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  • Royal Brackla 1976

Royal Brackla 28 Scott’s Selection 1976


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Distilled: 1976
Bottled: 2004

Product Description

One of the few distilleries to be honoured with a “Royal” suffix, it’s whiskies are seldom seen as single malts, although they often shine when they do appear. Royal Brackla was the first of only three distilleries (the others being Lochnagar and Glenury) to earn the ‘Royal’ epithet, receiving the industry’s first Royal Warrant in 1835 from King William IV.

The whisky was also reported to be a favourite of Queen Victoria when she ascended to the throne shortly afterwards, and was one of the malts from which Andrew Usher created the first blended whisky in the 1860s. These days, not much is heard of Royal Brackla, although this is an old and, as evidenced above, historic brand. The distillery was founded as far back as 1812, and changed hands a few times before being aquired by Scottish Malt Distillers (later to becomepart of Diageo) in 1943. During WWII, the distillery was taken over by the RAF and used as a school for new pilots. After major renovations in 1966 and 1997 (the latter costing £2M), Royal Brackla was sold by the newly-created Diageo group to Bacardi-Martini, who incorporated it into their Dewar’s portfolio (also recently acquired from Diageo). The vast majority of Brackla’s spirit now goes into Dewar’s White label and Bacardi’s other blends.

Bacardi does little to promote Royal Brackla, preferring to spend its malt marketing money on Aberfeldy. For this reason the malt is rarely seen on shop shelves. A 10 year-old is the standard bottling, although an official 25 year-old was briefly available several years ago. This followed on the heels of some impressive Rare Malts bottlings done by Diageo in the 1990s, and a 10yo bottling under the Flora & Fauna rubric that is now extremely rare and valuable. Independent bottlings of Royal Brackla are relatively regular, with Gordon & Macphail and Douglas Laing occasionally releasing interesting expressions. The house style was described by Michael Jackson as ‘Fruity, cleansing, sometimes with a dry, hot finish. A refresher or a pousse-cafe.’

Scott’s Selection

Robert Scott has been immersed in the Scotch Whisky trade since he left school at the age of sixteen. Starting first as a lowly distillery worker responsible for cleaning the stills, he rose steadily through the ranks, gaining extensive knowledge of all aspects of the distilling trade. By the time he had reached bis 32nd birthday, not only had he gained an enviable reputation as an accomplished all-rounder in whisky production but, more importantly, he had become one of the most respected “nosers” of Scotch Whiskies. His keen sense of smell, combined with years of training, permitted him to appreciate the individual characteristics and idiosyncrasies of as many as 100 different malt whiskies. His training enabled him to detect any flaws in specific distillation, so that immediate remedial action could be taken.
As time passed, he became increasingly expert at selecting different malts to meet the demands of his exacting employer Mr. George Christie, founder of the Speyside Distillery.
In the 1970s Robert Scott was appointed Master Distiller, a position he held in the finest traditions of this ancient craft until retirement beckoned. Prior to caring full time for his garden in Glasgow, Robert was to be given one final assignment, namely to create a personal selection of his favorite single malt whiskies. Thus, Scott’s Selection was bom.
Robert’s criteria for choosing his Selection is rigorous:
1.Only top quality malts (and one top quality grain) are included, with an optimum level of aging.
2.The greatest care is taken during bottling to ensure that the malts are maintained as closely as possible to their natural state in the cask. Thus whiskies are filtered but not chilled prior to bottling; nor are they diluted by the addition of water. Only by following the strictest quality controls can the individual characteristics of each malt be fully appreciated.
3.The consumer packaging should reflect the heritage and character of the whiskies and distinguish the three distinct distilling areas: Highland, Lowland, and Islay.

Over the past few years a number of new additions have been added to the original portfolio while stocks of some others have, inevitably, been exhausted. The Selection now reads like an encyclopedia of great whiskies of Scotland. From the majestic Macallan to the surprising North of Scotland single grain whisky, the range is impressive. Scott’s Selection is distributed in the major malt whisky markets of the world including the United States and Europe and it is hoped that it will soon be widely available in Japan.

Scott’s Selection is a tribute to the great tradition of distilling whisky in Scotland and above all to the knowledge and expertise of Robert Scott, Master Distiller.

Independent Bottler of the Year 2008

Speyside Distillers Company Ltd was crowned the Independent Bottler of the Year 2008 at the annual Whisky Magazine awards held on 2 November in Glasgow. We were also awarded the regional title of Independent Bottler of the year for Mainland Scotland. Scott’s Selection and Private Cellar received a total of 8 awards including 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

De Speyside Distillers Company Limited, eigenaar van Scott’s Selection, is in 2012 overgenomen door Harvey’s of Edinburgh Ltd. Deze organisatie heeft besloten te stoppen met de botteling van Scott’s Selection. Na ongeveer 45 jaar, waarin prachtige en zeer exclusieve bottelingen in de markt zijn gezet, komt er een einde aan het Scott’s Selection tijdperk.