...and my best guess is they used a teaspoon to add Brora to this vat. The nose is pretty nice (but nothing really special) while both the taste and finish are underwhelming. The casks they used were pretty much over the top with way too many bitter tannic notes and way too low enjoyable flavours. This is nothing else than a marketing gimmick addressed to people who have heard of but never tasted a Brora single malt release, and it is of a rather poor quality (given its price point).
The colour is deep gold but this is irrelevant because Diageo usually adds caramel to all of its blends (and most single malts, too). The nose is delicate and complex as can be expected from such a vat - but I swear I did not find any specific Brora aroma, Diageo! The Clynelish, Glenlossie and Glenkinchie are quite present as are the grains but there is not a single whiff of peat smoke or of these irresistable machine oils running out of rusted ship engines which you often find in old Brora. Anyway, this nose is pretty fine and the blender did a good job, no doubt. Is it something special? No, not really - certainly not if you expected anything Brora-esque...
The taste is much weaker and dominated by a rather bitter wood-driven Glenlossie profile with some Glenkinchie impressions. I do neither find any Brora nor Pittyvaich nor Clynelish trademark flavours in this mix and even the grainy notes are rather shy. The wood grows stronger on the palate which turns the taste towards bitterness and completely drives it out of any balance (was there a balance before, not sure). Water strengthens the bitter-tannic aromas in the nose and turns the taste even flatter, so forget about it. By the way, forget about the taste at all unless you like bitter aspirin-alike drinks.
The initial mouthfeel is disappointing with a flat and slightly bitter-astringent texture which did not coat anything. Hey, you can do better than that, Diageo! Respectively, the finish is short as a lightning and adds nothing remarkable except growing bitter-drying impressions which become annoying towards the end. What a shame given the price point of this dram (luckily I had a sample only)!