Brora 1981 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Platinum Selection
Stated Age
28 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 sep 2009 7:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2382.32

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Whisky reviews for Brora 1981 DL

3 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.33 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Recalibration tasting
    The nose has bags of creamy peat & salt mixed in with something a little vegetal.
    Massive, spice and peat blast that soon settles into something creamy with a hint of something chemical.
    Very long finish with the spice fighting until the end
    Sill at 93 points for me.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    NOSE - less orangy now, melon, smoke, peat, putty, cinder toffee

    PALATE - The peat is more pronounced now, toffee again, that farminess, Cow dung that I find so difficult to describe, is not as pronounced now.

    Finish - keeps going.

    This is without doubt the best 1980`s Brora I have had from an independant bottler. I read somewhere that in the early 80`s the peating levels were varied and this is one of the more peaty ones but not heavily peated like the 2004 or 2006 official 30 year releases.
    In short this is excellent whisky. The profile of Brora is unique and that is why I rate the distillery so highly.
    • Nose
      Notes from 2014
      Orange, menthol, toffee, wet grass/hay, sherry.
    • Taste
      smokey, toffee again, sharp, peaty. There is something there but difficult for me to describe, could be that so called farmy Broraness, cow dung but sweeter. I never know how to describe this Brora characteristic as I have not been on too many farms but I really like it and have never had it in any other whisky.
      Initially on the palate it is smooth but then it really gets going as it hits the back of your throat.
    • Finish
      Long, excellent.

  4. Dede scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very special whisky, interesting as long as the sulfur does not scare you, but for which I will never pay the requested sum. A 30yo 2005 costs less and is much better.
    • Nose
      Alcohol burns your nostrils first. After this first shock, the vapors are less powerful and what strikes here is sulfur. Not the scratched match or the black powder, no, really the smell of a piece of sulfur when you pass it right under your nose. It's special, but I like this smell. On the other hand, difficult to ignore and feel what is happening behind. After a long aeration, one manages to detect a great sweetness malty, biscuit, coffee, floral notes (jasmine in bloom) to reach finally the farm notes characteristic of the distillery, very discrete in this expression. But again, we must succeed in passing the "sulfur barrier" of the first nose. With a little water, the sulfur becomes more discreet, unless I feel it more in the long run.
    • Taste
      Palate: Very powerful, despite a mild attack. Peaty, sulphurous and spicy, with a nice dose of white pepper, it also has a nice fruity acidulous and exotic. With water, it is more drinkable and much more pleasant. Salty notes mingle with a mastered bitterness, without the previous dominants disappearing. The best moment of this dram.
    • Finish
      Quite long and strongly sulphurous, not the most pleasant moment of this whisky.

  5. corbuso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A rather difficult whisky. On one hand, very peaty and the other hand, although it is rather pale in colour, the rubbery notes of the sherry cask is rather present resulting in a Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde whisky


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