Brora 10th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Stated Age
32 years old
Refill American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L1145LS000 00057010
Added on
16 Oct 2011 3:58 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2511.56

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 10th Release

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  In 1969 a severe drought started on Islay and other parts of Scotland that forced many distilleries to cut back their production drastically and some had to shut down for months or even years.  That is the reason why there are just a few 1969 to 1971 vintages out there (especially of Islay drams) and this was the cause why we can enjoy these great Brora malts, too.  The old Clynelish distillery (that now is known as Brora) was mothballed in May 1968 and the new Clynelish plant opened one month later.  But when DCL ran short of heavily peated new make due to the drought on Islay they investigated options to produce such malt elsewhere and resumed production of the old Clynelish distillery in 1969 again. 

    It was not renamed to Brora until the mid-seventies and the casks were marked just as Clynelish-A and Clynelish-B (and sometimes this did mix up so an old Clynelish could well be distilled in the Brora stills - but not the other way around as Diageo names all bottlings in doubt simply Clynelish what is anyway true).  When the rebuilt and expanded Caol Ila distillery reopened in 1974 it slowly took over the task of producing heavily peated malts for the DCL brands (like Johnny Walker) from Brora again and the peating levels of Brora were gradually reduced to the standard Clynelish level over the next years.  So this is a good reason to try an old Clynelish 1972 Rare Malt edition (WB id 9067) versus this later Brora from around 1978/9.

    All in all two exceptional drams that confirm the high quality and legendary status of these sister distilleries.  Because of the greater complexity of the Brora (due to the higher peating level) I like this dram more.

    [October, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. This is whisky history in a bottle and another fine farewell dram to salute my beloved dog Fibi, R.I.P.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The Brora is one shade darker at yellow gold why the Clynelish is at old gold. The Clynelish shows a texture of many small tears at the top of the glass that slowly consolidate into bigger ones that stick to the top literally forever. The texture of the Brora shows many small tears that consolidate after a while and a few slow moving legs. So both drams own a great oiliness. The Clynelish nose is quite punchy first but after a while it offers a delicate grassy - spring floral profile with just minor peaty aromas and some fruits in the background. The Brora is much sweeter on both malty and honey aromas and offers a richer peaty profile (even if it is significantly less peaty than the pre-1976 Broras). Both are really delicious but I like the Brora nose more.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The Brora offers a very complex and greatly balanced flavours profile that is truly multi-layered, simply great! It rolls in several waves over the taste buds which offer the different aromas one after the mother. The Clynelish shows a rather herbal-floral profile on the palate that is layered too and gets sweeter over time. No wonder that the Brora takes this round, too. Water releases more herbal aromas in the nose of the Clynelish and turns the whole dram smoother and sweeter. I like the reduced Clynelish better than the neat. The diluted Brora offers additional aromas too but I like the power of the neat dram more.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The Clynelish arrives bold and a little hot (due to the 59% abv) in the mouth and coats it immediately (just like the texture promised). Same with the Brora that is a little less hot and a little more coating. Both show no distracting bitter or astringent moments and own a very long finish with no distracting feelings either. The Brora vanishes in several waves where some nice peaty aromas pop up again. The Clynelish adds more spices to its profile during the finish and stays a little longer than the Brora so I vote for a draw on that dimension.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    It was a very complex Brora. Must be a plenty of time and experience to know.
    But to whom it is, a lifelong experience to can be tasted!
    • Nose
      93 93
      A little nervous at first. Then as you slowly feel it's clear and powerful.
      Fruits: banana, pineapple and orange. Honey, vanilla and nutella.
      Salted minerals, antique skin, horseradish and peat. Very mild smoke.
      Fresh eucalyptus and mint. Camphor. Most of the farmy notes are mainly hay.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful but soft. Creamy and oily. Vibrantly acidic sour citrus. Honey sweeted fruits.
      Peat and smoke are more definite. Ash. Salted minerals. The oak also shows a marvelous maturiton. Spicy, hot notes: cayenne pepper and wasabi. The whole together in perfect harmony.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, oaky, peaty, with a Talisker like peppery.

  3. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    nose: citrus, lemon, eucalyptus honey, beeswax, paraffin, fruit (white peach, banana, melon)
    taste: the first impact is still astringent and zesty, mineral, with a side of citrus and bergamot, ginger, camphor, a sour side of lime honey and eucalyptus, a lot of Malt, subsequently and with the addition of water it develops a side sweeter, more oily, with hints of beeswax, vanilla and a slight marine and peaty side in the distance, recalling overall a more fruity and marine clynelish ... austere, powerful whisky, extraordinary in its only apparent simplicity, pure, without compromises, monstrously elegant, a hymn to Malt in its most extreme purity

  4. jay83 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Typical Brora characteristics with farmyard, wax, honey and heather, low pressure areas from the highlands and subtle coastal aromas. It has a wonderfully sweet and oily texture! Overall, more sedate, less "rough" and with much more subtle nuances of smoke like the bottlings from the early 70s ... Ingenious stuff!

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in parallel with the 11th release.
    Superb there too, but a little below the nose.
    All in all similar profiles. The citrus fruits are beautiful, as is the lightness of the peat.

    Regouted on 01/17/2021 from another bottle. Same rating given. A slightly more floral and pastry impression. Rather clean for a Brora.
    • Nose
      91 91
      If we had to summarize: powerful, complex, mineral and on citrus.
      Hay, grass, vanilla, earth, light peat, lemon, yuzu, camphor, green apple, acacia honey, acidic granulated sugar.
      The medicinal is more and more present with the aeration.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is oily and powerful.
      Always these magnificent citrus fruits. Lemon, yuzu, crystallized candied lemon, zest. Pineapple skin, peach.
      Leather, wood wax, wood, shoe polish, pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate, hay, dust.
      Quince, spices, cocoa powder.
      Camphor, clove.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish on dark chocolate, cocoa powder, lemon and its derivatives. Camphor, wood.

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Opened Dec 28, 2019 as part of the Annual Night of Unbelievable Scotches (ie ANUS) meeting with a few close friends in NYC.
    • Nose
      93 93
      First rate of course -- who am I to say otherwise?
      Intense, sweet citrus, pineapple cubes, ripe yellow nectarines, a bit of spice, and always with this minty fresh, fresh rain, earthy undertone. Hay, perhaps. Just wonderful stuff. Very nuanced and complex.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Wow, so typical of official Broras to have this initial burst of little flavors. Intense and quickly coats your mouth and palate. Very obvious lemon drops, lemon liqueur, with some honey and sour sweetness. A bit malty. Mouthfeel is oily. With water, it becomes a bit dry.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very long. Lingering spice. Lemon tartness, and honeyed finish.

  7. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 0312 sold empty at ebay.

  8. InbhirNis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    1cl sample as part of the virtual Whisky Show Old & Rare Old-Style Peat Masterclass.

    This was the fifth dram, and my senses may have been getting a bit tired... though I find myself making this excuse for Brora more often than not...

    Chosen by Jonny McMillan (BBR), who highlighted this as one of the smokier of the post-1977 bottlings, somewhat reminiscent of the 1972s.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very citrus fruity, I get a little yeast (a la Fettercairn) but almost no peat initially. Water brings sweetness and adds more doughy character.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sooty and very sweet, peppery. Water cuts down the sweet notes, in sharp contrast to the effect on the nose.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, fruity, and also the smokiest part of the dram for me.

  9. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Brora 32 yo (54,7%, OB, Special Release, 1500 bottles, 2011) Five stars

    From refill both American and European oak casks. I’m trying this new baby with last year’s 30yo on the side (WF 91). Colour: gold. Nose: starts a bit like the TWE, sooty and ashy, but develops into another direction, with much less fruits and much more smoke, coal, bonfire and more mineral ‘things’. It’s more austere, in fact, without being very, very big either. It’s also a tad more medicinal (camphor, antiseptic). After a few minutes: some white fruits, peaches… Then eucalyptus… And wait, there, some menthol… And there, a little game, and a little petrol, flints… Truly a movie-malt (as opposed to picture-malts, I’m sure you get my drift). What’s sure is that it’s more complex than last year’s 30. With water: fab development, very complex, long, on all kinds of herbs, minerals and oils. Plasticine. Now it’s all rather subtle (the TWE was a tad more talkative at this point).
    Mouth (neat): bang bang. Strong, peaty, farmy, wonderfully pungent and acrid, with a 1972-ness in the background. Pine sap, ashes, tar, liquorice… Then the kind of citrus fruits that one can only find in old peat monsters, rather between lemon and passion fruits (without being any of those), with a global profile that really starts to resemble last year’s 30 now, but with some extra-depth. With water: magnificently austere and sharp, extraordinarily compact, the best use of water. Please call the anti-maltoporn brigade. Finish: long, dry, peaty and a little peppery ala Talisker. Comments: rather more oomph than in the already wonderful TWE, more towards 1972. Brora lovers will understand. But warning, this baby mustn’t be rushed, because it takes its time to unfold. And it’s definitely more complex than last year’s 30 – while it’s got something of the 22yo-1972s Rare Malts. Yes I just checked. Ahem, to think that I had wanted to write a short note for this one. SGP:467 -

    94 points.


  10. kringo86 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    I might be a bit biased by the fact that i am an huge fan of the clynelish distillate. The balance of the spirit is rarely beaten and has also the perfect level of smoke.
    the only bad thing? Crazy prices for a bottle...


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