Brave New Spirits ‘Take it to the Brig’ 12yo 57% AbV

take it to the brig

This Cameronbridge was matured in a First-fill Pedro Ximénez hogshead for 12 years. Distilled: 05/2010 and

bottled: 08/2022.One of only 290 bottles produced.


Appearance: Harvest gold (20-25). A thin beaded swirl line forms quickly, followed by slow-forming teardrops and thin to medium trails. A semi-viscous film forms around the inside of the glass.

Nose: Deep and rich with dried fruits, plums, oak and new leather shoes. There’s also a dusty damp funk, albeit subdued currently. Tracker bar (with that slight coconut note), golden syrup and porridge with brown sugar. Some leaf litter and damp tree bark. Hazelnuts and chocolate now too, along with plastic action figures. As the dram matures sherried wood notes appear, some cherry sweetness along with more oak and very faint sulphur.

Palate: A pleasing mouthfeel and lovely hit of stewed forest fruits, baking spices, black pepper and honey-soaked red apple. Redberry fruit pie and custard springs to mind. The cherry from the nose and an ever-increasing note of smouldering oak present themselves now, with a very slight drying. It’s full of massive flavours and I really like that, full-on and unapologetic.

Finish: Medium to long. The slight drying and those huge fruity and cherry notes linger, along with some black pepper and oak.

Overall: A great pour. Full-on and flavoursome. Very nice!

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