Brora Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Brora

Brora 1975 (30 year old) ‘4th release’ 56.3%

Dist: 1975 Btl: 2005/ Tasted: Nov 2010

A distinctly butyric nose. When the sickness has passed it shows a mature spirit with a deft honeyed maltiness. Plenty of manure-peat, coffee, tar and an astringent edge provided by the alcohol.

A touch cardboardy to begin with, yet a bucketful of medicinal peat sort of compensates. It’s sadly a bit one-dimensional, just peat and wood with a spicy, almost violety finish. I was expecting so much more!

Maybe some water will do the trick? Well……… it’s less sickly now but still quite astringent and although the alcohol has been tamed it just leaves wood tannins on the palate. Almost £450 for this, you must be having a laugh!

Brora 1978 (38 year old) ‘12th release’ 48.6%

First Fill American and European oak/ Dist: 1978 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Dusty aromas of perfumed violets along with hints of malt, waxy apricot, roasted meat and mature, sawdusty American oak. Stunningly deep and mature with just an echo of dry peat. It definitely has an old Bowmore-like feel to the aromas.

The palate is mature and opens with a lovely combination of sawdusty oak and creamy oak. Hints of baked fruit, violets and dry peat follow. Again Bowmore-esque with hints of coffee and spicy. Long and oaky with a touch of tight, spicy oak tannins and lingering, oxidised fruit, wood smoke, tar, dark chocolate and more wood spice. Now that’s rather pleasant!

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