Brora 1981 DT

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
Rare Auld
Stated Age
27 years old
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 sep 2009 7:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1191.53

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109 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Brora 1981 DT

20 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.89 points.

  1. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    didn't excite me
    no trace of the sherry for me
    also here no confirmation for the myth/hype
    • Nose
      old, spicy, wax, bitter honey, apples that have already turned brown, moist (potting) soil, a slight chemical note, white pepper
      comes with water: sweet, minimal sulfur, minimal waffle

      from the 1920s: lemony note, chemical note/wax, light petroleum, earthy
    • Taste
      round and strong
      Herbs (dried/grilled), very spicy and tart, oak

      with water: softer, tart, earthy, ??
    • Finish
      medium to long
      harsh, warm

      with water: bitter, oak, some rubber + ??

  2. LDB scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    According to the Candlekitty WID 162408 and Brora 1981 WID 2387 that I had before this one, it looks like a synethesis of the two, but it definitely goes one better in terms of fruitiness and "originality". Exceptionally painted.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Farmy notes, that is the kind of country air that is permeated by the scent of the stable as well as the smells of the coast and spicy-fruity-herbal smoke notes. All of this is very closely interwoven with lemon and beeswax as key aromas, which also have mineral undertones, but only as nuances and cushioned by honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intense oiliness with heather, lavender honey, rosemary blossoms, mango-lemon sorbet and the right dose of "funkiness". Here, too, the associations with Campbeltown literally come to mind, but the whole thing is somehow more noble, less direct
    • Finish
      90 90
      A very long reverberation of all aromas from the nose and the palate, and the oak is noticeable as a carrier, no even a multiplier of the delicious notes!

  3. IronChic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet. Yellow apples, honey, some beeswax. Dry earth. Lemon thyme. Green tea. Removes a trace of wood glue.
    • Taste
      Oily, spicy. Yellow apples, white pepper, some wax. Marzipan, shortbread. Green tea with a little honey.

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Superb balance. Fun from start to finish.
    • Nose
      Very nice a lot of white fruits. Light camphor.
      A little perspiration.
      Alcohol well integrated.
      Medicinal, eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's great. Perfect balance between fruit, medicinal, and a little dirt.
      Apple, pear peach, sweat, dirt, citrus.
      Eucalyptus, camphor.
    • Finish
      Long finish on pepper, white fruit. Very balanced.

  6. Gregers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Light, mineral and fruity. Vanilla and honeysuckle take the lead, and dried apricot, hay, and not unpleasant notes of acetone join in. Much lighter than expected.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Fantastic. Muscovado sugar, butterscotch, butter cookies, pecan nuts, barley, and apricot jam balance perfectly over hints of oak, brine, and tobacco. Just incredible and unforgettable.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Terrific. Long and enjoyable, the sweetness wears off nicely and leaves light salty smoke, you don't want to taste anything else for hours after this.

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Widely, deeply, powerfully, not the most impressive among Bror, but compared to most other distilleries one step higher, what an endless variety of semitones and shades, how harmonious and self-sufficient it is.
    • Nose
      Restrained, wet, mineral notes, lemon peel, raw tin, stone powder, dry herbs, uncoated tablets, grain, light woody tones, carpentry workshop, barnyard, gunpowder, whetstone, vanilla increases over time, more sweets, in general very tight.
    • Taste
      A rich, calm, mouth filled with ocean of taste - wood, nuts, light bitterness of bark, sweet creamy notes and prickly mineral shades, a little pepper, ginger, industrial textile motifs, sweet again with lemonade and caramel flavor.
    • Finish
      Soft, spicy, slightly warming, oak, lemon peel, mineral-metallic sour notes, residual sweetness, bitter berries - mountain ash, viburnum.

  8. bokhanov scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Powerful, gorgeous! It changes every minute in the glass.

  9. Maltseller scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. p4blo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another class Brora, if you like this profile, it does not disappoint.
    • Nose
      Sharp, intense, teasing the nostrils. Mustard, strong mineral side, chalk, leather, wet grass. Very concentrated.
    • Taste
      Sharp pepper, ginger, delicate sweetness of apples and toffee, a hint of mild smoke.
    • Finish
      Very long, smoky sweetness with some nice peppery contribution. Slightly drying.

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 552,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  14. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 685,-€ at Whiskyauction 10/2015

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With water the bitter notes are slightly more evident, but its still very good and that bitter/peaty note is a good counter balance to the sweet citrus/honey notes.

    This is a very good independent Brora.
    • Nose
      Notes from June 2015. (sample)
      Fruity on mango, melon, pineapple, some honey, warm shortbread
    • Taste
      Quite chewey and slightly bitter at first, a little honey again, white wine notes, lemon and its getting sweeter. I also get white marshmallow and some peat is in there along with some waxiness, it is a well balanced profile.
    • Finish
      Long, quite sweet.

  17. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby
    • Nose
      briny, peat, smoke like old Caol Ila, grass and butter
    • Taste
      earthy, citrus, oily and wax
    • Finish
      grains, honey, smoked ham and bacon

  18. numen scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Ah, really something. Almond skins, waxy, damp pebbles, lemon, putty,
      and oily. Superbly balanced. Ginger and very lightly peaty/smoky. Very
      lightly sweet, too, almost on peaches. In the depths, you get that
      tar/diesel that's so typical of Brora, but this is all rather elegant
      and refined. Hints of something green and vegetal, both a mossy forest
      and green peppers. Ah, and ashy honey. (with water) just a bit more
      coastal and tar/ash.
    • Taste
      #%$&#. This is amazing. Perfectly weighted -- that sounds like a
      bizarre description, but, when you have it, you'll know. Oily, honeyed,
      zest-lemon, sharp (perfectly so). It's waxy, ginger, flecks of soft
      white pepper, and a bit more of those damp pebbles. And something of the
      very best Burgundy whites. (with water) A little thinner, but just a
      little, and more ashy and chili. Amazing. You see where this is going.
    • Finish
      A little more ashy, the devolution of the tar and the sweetness from the
      winey quality. Waxy and all the rest of it. With water, it thins just a
      little on the palate, but it's beyond excellent

  19. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur Color: straw yellow white wine
    Nose: Creamy-fat vanilla, lemon, salt and honey (lemon roll with powdered sugar). Very mineral and green, with hints of leather and peat.
    Taste: Spicy and very salty lemon, slightly bitter and artificial (metal polish), slightly medicated with vanilla, black pepper and peat.
    Finish: Long, delicately bitter with dull notes of oak and tea. Vanilla, decaying lemon aromas, pepper and smoky peat.
    89 points (nose: 92 / taste: 89 / finish: 86)

  20. ALouis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Gold

    Nose :
    A very Clynelish nose, mineral at will, on the wet stone
    and notes of Riesling.

    Yellow fruits
    are present as well as a good dose of wax and honey.

    A light peat
    farmer mingle with the fruits.

    Some notes
    sugary appear in the background.

    Few drops
    water still amplifies this mineral character and highlights the
    peat, this time rather on the smoke.

    Mouth :
    The mineral character is also very present in the mouth, especially
    on flint.

    Beautiful notes
    lemony and sweet, on the candy, develop with wax.

    Water brings
    balance in the mouth, honey, wax, mineral notes, a
    light peat and yellow fruit, very nicely melted.

    Long final on the
    peat and pepper.

  21. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An excellent Brora for those who love it very dry. That's my case...
    • Nose
      Mineral and slightly peaty, is it marked? with vegetal notes (noisy) before the lemon brings a nice freshness. Minerality is exacerbated here, giving almost a sensation of effervescence (efferalgan). This drought is softened by beeswax and almond paste. The aeration rounded it a little more, giving it perfumes of yellow fruits well m? Rs. The water accentuates its austerity, its vegetal and mineral aspects as well as the peat. The wax remains well present.
    • Taste
      Powerful and fat, it combines acidity? citrus fruit? mineral and spicy notes of strong spices (pepper, pepper). More austere than the nose, it is of a great purity, very clear. With water ?: the same profile without the burn of alcohol, with the peat that appears in the background, light, and even more hot pepper.
    • Finish
      Long and intense, minerally, citrus and peppered, before a return of the yellow fruits.

  22. Mosson scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    My first taste of a Brora

    This was an excellent whisky - straight to my top 5

    Will try to buy a whole bottle


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