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The Era of Brora is a legendary tour. Five hours perfectly organised, allowing you to breath and deep dive Brora history and drams.
The tour starts in a sort of drawing room where you learn and read about Brora history. You then move to the warehouse where is included a dram of Brora Hidden Beneath. Going back to the drawing room, there is an interesting tasting of three new make spirits simulating the three era of Brora. You move afterwards through the distillery being the core the space where washstill and potstill are. The original ones from 1969, a bit renovated.
The magic tour has its pick when you enter the tasting room, ready for the Triptych Era of Brora, the best tasting ever experienced.
After that, they continue to spoil you with a stunning lunch, haute cuisine, accompanied by great wines.
All this for 600£, worth each penny, worth for each mentioned spent there.
Andrew is a fantastic housekeeper that accompany the tour all way long.
We booked the Brora Awakened Tour. But it's more like an experience than a tour.
Sure, £300 is an awful lot of money but our host Andy took all the time to tell us about the history, the renovations, the effort they put in reconstructing the same profile as the last year's before closure. We got all the time to look in old maps, drawings and records and after tasting two new make spirits (Clynelish and Lagavulin and nosing a third (a mock up without taste) to explain what this profile should be, we walked around the premises and into all of the sections of the distillery. Again with all the time to take pictures and ask anything we want.
No costs were spared for the renovation and you can see that outside and inside all the buildings.
At the end we got to sample a distillery exclusive Brora 1982, 39yo and ended the experience with a superb lunch.
Normally this tour is given during the week when the distillery is in production, you can even get to help with some parts of the proces.
You could not go in but I asked anyway but was allowed to view all of it from the outside.It is obvious they have spent a decent amount of money on it with new stone work and some really cool main gates and a metalwork face of the Brora cat being the main focus, it will be ready for VIP tours soon enough no doubt.
Will upload some pics in the next few days including to show what the new look is, compared to the pictures on here now,
including some nice views from above showing whole plot.
Walking around this Closed distillery at the time was incredible as it was included in my Clynelish tour and was surprised to have been able to visit the Still room and room around the distillery. Sadly i have to rate the selection as 0 as they didn't even have one Brora to buy a dram of at the Clynelish distillery but overall i cant wait for the revival of this closed distillery.
Resurrection in full process, no access to the site itself.
New steel constructions being erected in the middle of the grounds, but it looks like they're taking care to preserve as much as they can.
A walk up the road passed the old warehouses gives a feeling of this place's old greatness.
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