Braes of Glenlivet (Braeval) 19 (Signatory Vintage 1979/1999 Cask #9294) Review

This is a 19 year Braeval that was distilled in 1979 and bottled in 1999 at 58.1% ABV.

Nose: Butyric acid with sour malt, fermented vegetables, molasses, over ripe banana, sourdough, and grape jam.

Palate: Sour malt with picked cabbage, vegetal notes, and a bit of balsamic vinegar – I would’ve guessed there was Manzanilla sherry involved based on the profile.

Finish: Heat dials up on the tongue as it dries out considerably turning slightly bitter.

Rating: 76/100 – Some interesting notes, but the pickled vegetables/sour notes were too strong for me.

Value for the money: These originally retailed for $120, but I assume at auction they’d be closer to $200+. I’d pass at either price personally.

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