Mossburn No 9 Royal Brackla 10 Year 2008 Vintage Whisky from Mossburn’s Vintage Casks range, a collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies each issuing from a strictly limited and select batch of casks. Each numbered release will only ever yield a finite number of bottles.
Mossburn Distillers & Blenders is a brand new Scotch whisky project owned by Marussia Beverages. The company is headquartered at Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders on the site of the former Jedforest Hotel. It is one of the first new distilleries to be built in the Borders for over 180 years. The first phase of development is construction of the Jedhart Distillery, a small distillery featuring three copper stills, five 5,000 square meter warehouse for pallets and casks and a small café. The second phase is construction of the Mossburn Distillery and visitor centre, a large production facility with the capacity to produce 25 million litres of spirit per year. There will also be a larger café and restaurant. Not content with these distilleries, Mossburn is also developing the Torabhaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye, the second distillery there after Highland Park. They are also involved with the Hatozaki whisky from Japan.
Obviously building a whisky distillery and waiting for whisky to come online (the spirit has to be aged for at least 3 years before it can even be called whisky) is a long term project. So, in the meantime, Mossburn have started the ball rolling by bottling a small collection of single malt whiskies and two blended malts, an Island and Speyside, with bespoke cask bills. The original single malt bottlings were Ardmore, Blair Atholl, Craigellachie, Inchgower, Linkwood, Miltonduff and Teaninich. There have been many more since.
The Royal Brackla Distillery is located on the Cawdor Estate near Naim in Scotland. It was founded in 1812 by Captain William Fraser. In 1833 Brackla Distillery became the first whisky distillery to be granted a Royal Warrant by order of the King. This made Royal Brackla one of only three distilleries to bear the name ‘Royal’, the others being the active distillery Royal Lochnagar and the demolished distillery Glenury Royal. After passing through various owners and periods of mothballing (it was closed from most recently from 1985 until 1991, today it is operated by John Dewar and Sons, a subsidiary of Bacardi.
Mossburn No 9 Royal Brackla 10 Year 2008 Vintage Whisky was distilled in 2008 and bottled at 46% in 2018 as a 10 year old whisky without any colouring or chill filtration.