Braes o’ Glenlivet 21, 47.4% – Master of Malt

Braes o’ Glenlivet, or Braeval, distillery is one that you don’t see very often. Actually, since I started with whisky about 8 years ago I think this is only the third bottling I’ve tasted.

It closed down in 2002 which doens’t necessarily have to correlate (there is plenty of Port Ellen news) but in this case it also seems almost forgotten. I remember where I had my first BoG, at my first whisky tasting. I don’t recall it being spectacular or anything.


Braes o' Glenlivet 21 at Master of Malt

Braes o’ Glenlivet 21 at Master of Malt

Sweet vanilla and oak. Creamy like caramac bars and some mint. A fairly straight forward bourbon matured whisky but therefore it’s quite nice and very drinkable. Of course, all whisky is drinkable but this can be just watching a movie and sipping a couple of ’em. I get something waxy too, after a few minutes.

Crisp and a bit sharper than I expected, with white pepper and quite some wood influence. I get mint and red cinnamon heat too, but the crispness would make me guess this was closer to 15 than to 21 years old. Rich, creamy, pastry cream and custard.

The finish isn’t too long and rather simple. Not bad though.

This is one of those really active bourbon casks. The benefit is that the whisky turns out rather delicious. The drawback is that ALL whisky would turn out delicious. Maybe Braeval doesn’t have much specific distillery character but this could have been any bourbon matured scotch. Having said that, it still tastes pretty damn fine.

Why this distillery is known by two names I don’t know, but it sure is confusing. Especially since Braes o’/of Glenlivet is spelled in two ways too.

Braes o’ Glenlivet 21, Master of Malt, 47.4% is available from Master of Malt at £ 64.95 and a sample will cost you £ 5.01.

Official sample provided by Master of Malt.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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3 Responses to Braes o’ Glenlivet 21, 47.4% – Master of Malt

  1. Maltstock says:

    Ha Sjoerd,

    Closed down in 2002, maar ook al weer een jaar of 2 (?) in productie.



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  2. jonaspothelm says:

    Braes Of Glenlivet was build in the seventies (1974?) for the expanding imperium of Seagram’s. When Pernod-Ricard bought Seagram in 2001, the immediately closed the Braes Of Glenlivet distillery. By then the name was already changed into Braeval, to avoid confusion with the nearby The Glenlivet distillery. The name of Glenlivet has been a point of discussion since the beginning : was it the name of a distillery? Or was it a terroire? Many lawsuits later, I guess in the eighties, The Glenlivet Distillery won the fight and became the only distillery allouded to use that name. Nevertheless independent bottlers like Gordon & MacPhail sometimes uses the addendum ‘Glenlivet’ to accentuate a terroire. In 2008 (growing demand) Pernod-Ricard restarted the Braeval distillery. It has always been a distillery intended for bulk production. Even independent bottlings are very rare.

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