Aged: 38 years
Product of: United Kingdom
From refill American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts filled in 1977. A maximum of 2,984 individually numbered bottles were released as part of Diageo’s 2016 Special Releases. Bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or added colour.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/10/2016
Clear, golden amber.
Earthy peat, bonfire smoke, soot, nuts and faint muddled mint leaves. Apple and pear emerge with water, as does salty sea air, mild white pepper and vanilla.
Slightly sweet apple and lemon peel fruitiness with layers of attractive peaty smoke and light spice. Even sweeter with a dash of water but brilliantly balanced with spicy oak and faint smoke.
Warming candied ginger dominates the long finish with faint chocolaty malt.
Stocks of this rare malt from a long closed distillery are now apparently depleted, so although pricey, this could be your last chance to acquire a bottle of Brora and savour what is a beautifully balanced characterful malt. Hints of earthy peat, smoke, soot, sweet apple and pear, spice, elegant oak, candied ginger and chocolaty malt. Enjoy with water or neat. This malt has it all. What’s not to like? (Besides the price and limited availability.)