Brora 1978

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200th Anniversary
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
49.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Aug 2019 10:32 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 5057.07

30 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 1978

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.00 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Instant Classic

    Brora, having been founded in 1819, celebrates its 200th anniversary. In style, mind you, and even that is an understatement. They released 1819 bottles of a Brora 40 Year Old 1978 in a box that will blow you away… if the price tag of 4.600 has done that first. Mouthwatering, but just unbelievably expensive. It is – together with the Port Ellen 39 Year Old 1978 Untold Stories – the ultimate crowning achievement of the cult that has been established around this closed (but soon to be re-opened) distillery.

    The first thing I notice is the fruitiness. The nose bursts with apples and banana, even flirts with the tropics for a minute, and then becomes somewhat candy-like (think bubblegum), offers a beautiful waxiness and the peel of peach. This is followed by a subtle – very, very subtle – trace of smoke. The freshness of a leaf of mint. This is an instant classic. I would not have minded a tiny dirty edge, but that was completely matured out. Instead you get an very elegant lady in your glass. Impressive.

    Wonderfully powerful, waxy, minty and peppery on the palate. Crispy apples, soft banana, pink grapefruit with a note of tannins and a special herbal touch. Think camphor and mint. I admit, I actually liked the final drops out the my glass. Divine.

    I would not have minded if the finish was just a tad longer. It returns to bubblegum and banana, before leaving you breathless with a smile on your face.

    If this bottle cost only a quarter of the current price, I think I could convince myself to buy one of these and open it for special occasions. This is ridiculously delicious. But my whisky budget does not allow for this excess. In fact, I wonder how many of these 1819 bottles will actually be tasted instead of disappearing in the whisky investors’ vaults. Oh, the horror. Pity. Thanks, Mr Dobbels, you Tasmanian Devil, for the sample!

  2. Asmodeus did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Got that feeling where lotsa folks will just grade this over 90 pts without ever tasting it at all just to make it seem like a great bottle, only because of the price.

  3. Port Ardbeg scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Golden fruits, toasted barley, very complex and waxy. Immediately reminds me of some great PE SRs (such as 14th and 16th releases), grape skins, I would guess this is a classic Diageo style of blending, an ultra-high-end nose from the company. Felt a little bit engineered, but I like this very much.
    • Taste
      Very minty, crispy, Nutella, camphor, extremely herbal. Still quite balanced and graceful, slightly tannic. Elegance you can find from some Samarolis.
    • Finish
      Banana cream, minty, chewing gum.

  5. Hirado47 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    N: 97
    P: 96
    F: 96

  6. kimyikshu69 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    One of the most mesmerizing Brora i have tried so far, as good as the 1st Release 2002, even more complex and sophisticated, rather long after taste.

  7. jeffry35 scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Great taste

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    Comprised of 12 hogsheads, even Colin hadn’t tried this until today.

    N: More reserved than the others, this one wants drinking, simples.
    T: Starts farmy before the peat kicks, followed by brininess. A palate hold & release will generally bring out the best of Brora, though this expression doesn’t quite deliver that well-loved mouthfeel for me.
    F: Waxy savoury sour chew.
    C: It’s believed there are officially only 2-3 casks left to bottle. I imagine Diageo are holding out for a 50yo before checking out. 

  9. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The return of Changheng! Eat no fish.
    • Nose
      Honey, sugar cube, almond velvet cake, waxy. Very passionate tropical fruits, bananas, jackfruit, canned peaches, pineapple fillings, grapefruit, and floral aromas, probably gardenia and jasmine. A bright and gleaming marine breath is mixed with turbulent sugar, the inner wall of oysters, dried sea intestines, black reefs, lemons, and coarse-grained sea salt. The dimensions of peat are almost unnoticeable, a little bit of soot, white pepper, camphor and gasoline, and it feels dirty. An elegant, wheaty woody tone, is this really 40yo?

      In the same vein, Clynelish 17yo Manager's Dram, this one has faded the milk in the kitten's milk.

      Sweetness 10, fruit 8, floral fragrance 5, ocean 3, peat 1, wheat fragrance (nuts, wood) 4.
    • Taste
      Beeswax, ghee, and citrus peel oil are all carved into the wine like cat genes. The spicy woody characteristic of high vintage, white pepper, crushed nuts, matcha powder, residual tea. Fresh and profound minerals, chalky soil. Slightly dirty grease, dried mango, camphor balls, a small amount of leather.
      Relatively strong, with more fat, medium sweetness, very little tannin, no bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Extremely long, fresh and green, Uji Matcha, Honeycomb, Broadleaf, Almond Cookies. A small amount of leather.

  10. hhc1212 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    you still have to buy on even you are hard to afford it.


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