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Brackla

The Bacardi-owned Royal Brackla gained its regal prefix in 1835 when King William IV bestowed a Royal Warrant upon the distillery. It was the first distillery to attain such an accolade and the spirit was heralded accordingly as the ‘King’s own whisky’. Lying in blissful serenity in the Highlands, not far South of the town of Nairn, Brackla's life blood is the pure waters of the Cawdor Burn.

Its capacity today is large at some 3.9 million litres and all of this, save for a few thousand casks, is used in Dewar’s blended products. The distillery was founded in 1812, by Captain William Fraser and it was not until 1919 that it parted from Fraser-family hands, after it was acquired by the Aberdeen-based James Leict and John Mitchell. Brackla ran in-house maltings for some time, though they were closed in 1966. Four years later the still capacity was increased with the addition of two further stills.

Royal Brackla is currently under John Dewar and Sons ownership - Dewars was acquired by Bacardi in 1998, ending Diageo tenure, save for the warehousing which the drinks giant still rent as part of a long time lease. Accordingly Royal Brackla spirit is matured elsewhere. An official ten year-old was released in 2004 and there have been several independent bottlings throughout the years.

Brackla Whisky Distillery

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About Brackla Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01667 402002

Distillery Founded

1812

Distillery Capacity

3 900 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Cawdor, Nairn, Nairnshire IV12 5QY

Distillery Owner

John Dewar & Sons

1835

Brackla becomes the first of three distilleries allowed to use ‘Royal’ in the name.

1852

Robert Fraser & Co. takes over the distillery.

1898

The distillery is rebuilt and Royal Brackla Distillery Company Limited is founded.

1919

John Mitchell and James Leict from Aberdeen purchase Royal Brackla.

1926

John Bisset & Company Ltd takes over.

1943

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) buys John Bisset & Company Ltd and thereby acquires Royal Brackla.

1966

The maltings closes.

1970

Two stills are increased to four.

1985

The distillery is mothballed.

1991

Production resumes.

1993

A 10 year old Royal Brackla is launched in United Distillers´ Flora & Fauna series.

1997

UDV spends more than £2 million on improvements and refurbishing.

1998

Bacardi–Martini buys Dewar´s from Diageo.

2004

A new 10 year old is launched.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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A 1998 vintage Royal Brackla single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was matured in refill bourbon barrels from 1998 to 2014, when it was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$71.97
Distilled at the Royal Brackla distillery on the 6th September 1993 and aged for 17 years in a single bourbon barrel before bottling on the 25th September 2010. A release of 329 bottles.  More info
$56.38
A 14 year old Brackla, aged in bourbon casks and finished in sweet Jurancon wine casks from acclaimed winery Clos Uroulat. Bottled in 2008 at the Bruichladdich distillery - a release of 1,500 bottles.  More info
A Brackla from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, bottled from Refill Hogshead number 3115.  More info
$41.75
A 10 year old Royal Brackla from the Provenance range. This was distilled in Autumn 1999, aged in refill hogshead 6297 and bottled in Summer 2010.  More info
A Royal Brackla bottled for Murray McDavid. The casks were specially selected by Jim McEwan, Master Distiller and Bruichladdich. This was distilled at Brackla in 1994, matured in bourbon barrels, and...  More info
A hard to find distillery bottling from Royal Brackla. Brackla is a key component in Dewar's blends.  More info
$54.30
A 9 year old Royal Brackla distilled in Winter 1999 and matured in refill hogshead number 4805 before bottling by Douglas Laing in Winter 2008. The Brackla distillery is known for its malty and sweet...  More info
This was distilled at the Royal Brackla distillery on the 6th September 1993 before a 15 year maturation in a single bourbon barrel (cask number 6751) before bottling on the 9th December 2008 by...  More info
A rare half bottle of Highland whisky Royal Brackla.  More info
A rare 15 year old from Brackla, distilled in 1991 and bottled for the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range in 2006 and a refill sherry matured single malt, accordingly the sherry notes...  More info
$62.04
This is a delicious 1996 vintage Royal Brackla. It was distilled on the 12th June 1996 before a 16 year maturation in two bourbon barrels. It was then bottled by Signatory in August 2012. This is a...  More info
$58.48
This is a delicious 1997 vintage from the Brackla distillery, aged in refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. This is a light, aperitif-style malt.  More info
$63.86
One of only a few Scotch distilleries permitted to use 'Royal' in its name, thanks to its popularity with the Royals.  More info
Signatory's 18 year old single cask bottling of Royal Brackla. This was matured in a bourbon barrel, number 6755, and bottled on January 1 2012, one of an outturn of 205 bottles.  More info
$109.03
A 12 year old Royal Brackla, this is part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series. This particular release was bottled to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. One of just 250 bottles.  More info
$89.55
An 11 year old Royal Brackla, distilled in the Autumn 1999 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range in Autumn 2010.  More info
$62.75
This was distilled at the Royal Brackla distillery on the 13th April 1993. It was aged for 18 years in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling on the 20th June 2011. A release of 615 bottles from...  More info
$62.67
Distilled at Brackla in September 1997, this was aged for 14 years before bottling in November 2011 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This is Batch 0001.  More info
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$77.95
A lovely 12 year old Brackla distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2011 non chillfiltered and without caramel colouring by Duncan Taylor for their NC2 range.  More info
$78.76
A splendid Royal Brackla from Duncan Taylor. A very fresh tasting, crisply flavoured whisky.  More info
$79.64
The tiny octave cask this 14 year old Royal Brackla single malt spent a secondary maturation period in had a much larger surface area to volume ratio than an ordinary cask. This means more interaction...  More info
$150.64
A bottling of Royal Brackla single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1993, before Bacardi became its owner. This is part of the Mackillop's Choice single cask range. As such, it is a limited release...  More info
$140.33
Royal Brackla is one of only three distilleries that are permitted to use the word 'Royal' in their names. It is also a distillery we don't see so much of so this is a great opportunity to try a malt...  More info
$121.94

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