Whisky Focus - Royal Brackla 2011 Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series 1 of 3 Review

Royal Brackla 2011 Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series Review


12th September 2019
Review of the Royal Brackla 2011 Cask No.900077 from the Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series.

Royal Brackla 2011 Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series 1 of 3Royal Brackla 2011 Cask No.900077 from independent bottler Whisky Illuminati's Solaria Series is the first of three releases from cask No.900077 with a further 2 releases from the same cask scheduled to be drawn and bottled over the next four years.

The new Solaria Series aims to give whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to explore how Scotch whisky evolves in the cask over time, thanks to its three-part bottling. Following this first edition (1:3) release in 2019, there will be a second release in 2021, with the final batch set for release in 2023.

Royal Brackla 2011 Cask No.900077 bottling 1 of 3 has been fully matured in a First Fill Spanish Oak Sherry Butt.

The Royal Brackla 2011 Solaria Series it is non chill-filtered, naturally coloured and has been bottled at a higher than normal cask strength than we would normally see from any bottler, 68% ABV.

This first batch of the Royal Brackla 2011 Solaria Series is a release of only 150 bottles and is available from from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Plummy fruit, brown sugared fruitcake, honey and a gentle touch of vanilla toffee.

Taste: Sweet
dark sherried fruit - raisins, sultanas and orange joust with a sweet vanilla toffee sweetness, not to outdone the barley attempts to peak through from behind the lovely dark fruit, a touch of nutmeg and a late appearance of a little cinnamon and dry ginger.

Finish:
A long, rich, lingering, dark sherried, mildly drying, gently spiced, oaky finish.

Comment: The sherry and oak are both vying for pole position both fully charged by the big 68% ABV bottling strength and the barley is trying its best to peak through between these two turbo charged beasts and simply adding to the pleasure. I have to say as young as this is I particularly enjoyed this one out of the Solaria Series and would be very interested to see how this one has developed come
2021 and 2023 when the 2nd and 3rd batches are bottled.

SMW Score 90/100

You can find the Whisky Illuminati Solaria Series 1 of 3 Single Cask releases available from specialist whisky retailers such as Master of Malt
 

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