I haven’t had much from Braeval but I was curious to try this indie bottling from Total Wine. I’ve now had it for years and finally got through it.
Age: 21 years
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon
Notes: Easy nose with no proof sting and a bit of sweetness. Simple and sweet on the palate with pear and vanilla notes. A bit of oak and spice but mostly the fruit and vanilla on the short, clean finish. The anemic proof shows on the mouthfeel and .
Stars: 0 - Poor to Fine: I would not specifically choose to drink this over other readily available options
While this was enjoyable it was unremarkable. A more active barrel, higher proof or less filtration may have helped make this more interesting.
TL;DR: Fine but nothing to write home about.