SMWS 55.54 Gingerbread in the flowerbed

Posted 01 August 2019 by Matt / In Royal Brackla
The Dramble reviews SMWS 55.54 Gingerbread in the flowerbed

Bottle Name: 55.54 Gingerbread in the flowerbed

ABV: 58.9%
Distillery: Royal Brackla
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Young & spritely
Region: Highlands

Over to Nairn in the Highlands for a 12 year old Royal Brackla that’s been matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead.

View on SMWS

Nose: Garden fresh with jasmine, lemon balm, rose hips and lilies. These sit atop of a base of sweetened pear juice, toasted bread, clean cotton and flan bases. In the background, something rather ‘greenhouse’ - warmed vines and green bell peppers. Dilution presents pink wafer biscuits, under ripe raspberries, and crystalline ginger.

Taste: A soft and welcoming entrance that’s patisserie-forward – red berry tarts, pear flans, cream-filled pastries and French crepes. The mid-palate offers building pepperiness which is somewhat offset by golden syrup and buttery bread. Reduction introduced pears tinned in their own juices, hints of crumbled chocolate, berry coulis and dry, singed oak.

Finish: Medium in length and offering orchard and red fruits alongside toasted wood and dry pepperiness.

A well-composed Brackla that delivers an agreeable combination of fresh fruits and florals alongside a animated cask influence which never quite outstays its welcome. Solid.

Score: 85/100


Thank you for adding your link. We will review your link within 48 hours.

Distilleries

Bottlers

Scotland (729)
Aberfeldy (8)
Aberlour (12)
Ailsa Bay (1)
Ardbeg (13)
Ardmore (8)
Arran (24)
Auchroisk (3)
Aultmore (7)
Balblair (13)
Balmenach (2)
Balvenie (11)
Ben Nevis (3)
BenRiach (7)
Benrinnes (7)
Benromach (7)
Bladnoch (5)
Bowmore (12)
Braeval (3)
Cambus (2)
Caol Ila (23)
Cardhu (1)
Clynelish (7)
Daftmill (1)
Dailuaine (6)
Dalmore (14)
Deanston (7)
Dufftown (2)
Dumbarton (1)
Edenmill (1)
Edradour (6)
Girvan (1)
Glen Grant (11)
Glen Moray (15)
Glen Ord (2)
Glengoyne (12)
Glengyle (4)
Glenlivet (11)
Hazelburn (2)
Inchgower (1)
Kilchoman (5)
Knockando (1)
Knockdhu (2)
Lagavulin (3)
Laphroaig (19)
Linkwood (6)
Lochnagar (1)
Longmorn (7)
Longrow (4)
Macallan (10)
Macduff (1)
Mortlach (11)
Oban (3)
Scapa (1)
Speyburn (5)
Speyside (1)
Talisker (6)
Tamdhu (3)
Teaninich (4)
Tobermory (26)
Tomatin (9)
Tomintoul (2)
Tormore (4)
Wolfburn (3)
Canada (3)
Europe (16)
Cotswolds (2)
Langatun (1)
Locher (1)
Mackmyra (8)
Penderyn (1)
Ireland (25)
Bushmills (5)
Midleton (11)
Teeling (4)
Tullamore (1)
Japan (31)
Chichibu (6)
Chita (1)
Eigashima (1)
Hakushu (2)
Yamazaki (2)
Yoichi (2)
Rest of the World (2)
Paul John (1)
Taiwan (6)
King Car (5)
Nantou (1)
USA (23)
Bernheim (2)
Lux Row (1)