Braeval 19 (Chieftain’s 1996/2015 Red Wine Finish) Review

This is a 19 year Braeval that was finished in a red wine cask and bottled by Chieftain’s at 46% ABV.

Nose: Black cherry and grape bubbleyum, apple juice french vanilla, and milk chocolate – sweet and fruity.

Palate: Quit fruity up front before lots of pepper coming in to spice it up a bit. Vanilla and golden raisins complete the sweet profile.

Finish: Caramel & pecans with raisins – quite long and sweet.

Rating: 83/100 – This drank closer to a bourbon than a malt to me in terms of the sweeter notes. It wasn’t your typical ex-sherry profile.

Value for the money: This retailed around $110 I think, and while not too high a price, I wouldn’t buy a bottle of it personally.

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.