Brora 10th Release

Overall rating
92.63/100
votes
309
Whiskybase ID
WB25968
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Bottled
25.05.2011
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Refill American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
1500
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1145LS000 00057010
Barcode
5000281028835
Added on
16 oct 2011 3:58 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 4502.31

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309 × member ratings

398 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Brora 10th Release

35 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.63 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Rekve scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This time the nose is much more farmy, dry hay, dried vanilla, banana, cutron concentrate and apple compote. Freshly cut wheat. Chantilly cream, milkshake. Beyond that is deep, earthy, dark, slightly biscuity. A little salty iodine. The peat is very rustic, almost cheese. It gives depth. On the palate, apricot juice, and very quickly very strong spices, cumin, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger. Coarse sea salt. Crispy cookie. Explosive finish at first, then very long, chestnuts, porridge, puffed rice, crisps, tobacco juice. Liquorice, cola, cereals, half-salted buttered toast, Breton shortbread. Soft caramel.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/08/brora-1978-diageo-special-release-2011.html
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 93 points Super Administrator

    You never know when these ghost distilleries come back to life, and when they eventually do, they are rarely the same. Layer after layer, the aroma of this Brora reveals dragon fruits, lilies and dusty whiffs of an old basement. A touch of horse stable, soot and tobacco creep in. On the palate, tropical fruits explode with an incredible mouthfeel, followed by cayenne pepper, spearmint and ashy traces of peat. Salted grapefruit, roasted coffee and a charming peaty tang emphasize the remarkable finish. This dram dwells in a league of its own, amazing stuff!

    RATING: 4.7/5.0 stars ≙ 93 pts → SUPERB [+]
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. InbhirNis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    WHISKYFUN.COM

  11. kringo86 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    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...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Benila scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  15. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, papaya, vanilla, apple and ash.
    • Taste
      Apricot, honey, peat ash, almond, apple, papaya and pepper. 
    • Finish
      Apricot, almond, smoke, honey and a little banana.

  16. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 0312 sold empty at ebay.

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

     Port Ellen v Brora  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35024/port-ellen-12th-release  against this 32 year old Brora

    Both distilled around the same time, both 32 years old, similar abv , peaty and closed distilleries. 

    The PE is cleaner and more straightforward than the Brora which has more going on profile wise and is much more mineral, what I call a dirty whisky (earthy).  The brora wins this one because of the better profile.

  18. 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.

  19. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very good dram that fans of Clynelish will revel! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1293
    • Nose
      Intense and round nose. Delicate malt. Generous crème brûlée. Baked apple. More and more pastry cook.
    • Taste
      Velvety mouth, well spicy. There are notes of oak, witnesses of old age, but nothing overwhelming that would unbalance the whole.
    • Finish
      Finishing caressing, sparkling and slightly minty.

  20. ThS scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The quintessence of whisky. Absolutely magical.

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Very rich and complex. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Fresh, powerful, fruity, ripe bananas, pineapples, honey, leathery, hints peat and smoke, woody, wasabi? - wonderful!
    • Taste
      Punchy, but still smooth, oily, creamy, liquorice, citrusy and sweetness, woody notes, peat and smoke, little salty, malty

      Let's add water: More fruity, smoother, nicer
    • Finish
      Long and warm, more woody and leathery in the end

  23. LF96 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whiskyauction.com History:
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  24. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 925,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  25. ak47 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Sold for 881€ at "whiskyauction.com" (2015-07). 

    At the previous auction (2015-06) the bottle was sold for 899€.

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I love the bottle design on this one.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Fruitier with ginger spiciness, camphor, antiseptic, hot buttered toast and still farmy notes in the background mixed in with the peat.

    Palate - Strange as it falls away a little, still smooth and sweet with the farmy notes, lemon zest?

    Finish, very long, still creamy.

    I love this but I think it is better without water and tastes nicer. At 54.7% you would think it would be quite strong but the nose, neat, does not suggest anything overpowering in any way.
    A perfect dram neat but I think water spoils it, so if you do add water, then do it very sparingly.
    • Nose
      Farmy, briney, wet hay, camphor, faint hint of orange, a little vegetal, touch of vanilla?
    • Taste
      Sweet to start with then a little bitterness on almonds & pistachio, hint of melon, pineapple, white wine, creamy & very smooth, peat in just the right quantity.
    • Finish
      Long & warming.

  28. dicembre29 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    NOSE: Sweet cherries, lots-o-fruit, lemon and eucalyptus. Farmy and grassy with infused smoky notes.

    TASTE: Very herbal, pepper and briny. Citrus notes. Oily and lots of tannins. Lots of focused layers to be found on the palate.

    FINISH: Medium to long and a touch briny at the end.

    ASSESSMENT: There were times when I thought the Brora stocks would last for long but now I think they can’t carry on it’s been a long, a long time coming but I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will and Brora will live on only in our memories. Tied with the 21 year old as the second favorite of the night, although the 32 year old had more number 1&2 votes combined.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=105

     

     

  29. Sonett scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Marmite, veg stock, honeyed malt, very polite and charming nose offering a bit of everything. The peat contains a plethora of mineral notes.
    T: Nutty, creamy vanilla, savoury sweet, then some citrus. It doesn’t develop much from here on in but sits back on the palate and allows for savouring and examination.
    F: Cream, vanillas, and light peppery smoke 
    C: Bearing in mind the limitations and time restrictions at masterclasses and Serge’s warning that ”this baby mustn’t be rushed” [WF], for me this one sits in-between the 25 and the 30. Its technically better than both but in a ‘floats my boat’ competition, its the 30 that just has the edge - today.

    Scores an A

  31. Georges scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  32. Georges scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ashes, coal, salty, tobacco, fruity (apple, apricot), hay
    • Taste
      Almonds, milky, caramel, sweet, peppery, mustard, peat, coal, liquorice, oak
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, peat, ashes, mint

  33. zby0001 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  34. AmbG_Grant scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      96 96

  35. Furtia did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    My favourite annual release up to now together with 6th release.
    Mineral, fruity and delightfully sweet. Just excellent

  36. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur



    Another magnificent Brora, but my fav remains the 30 Year Old from 2007.
    Thanks to Johan for the big sample!
    • Nose

      The nose is rather closed. It needs time. If you indulge (start with
      about ten minutes at least), it becomes a slightly smoky, complex animal. I
      envision myself on a rocky beach, next to a bonfire that has just been doused.
      A little brine in the spray, tobacco leaves, white fruit, oranges, paraffin,
      hazelnuts, honey and then the cow stable scents emerge: cow hide, hay. As
      complex as the 6th Release, but a lot sweeter and more fruity.
      Mighty!
    • Taste
      It is very oily on the palate. Immediately, atypically, bittersweet.
      Grapefruit, peach, white chocolate. Pretty spicy too. Mustard, pepper,
      liquorice, cloves. Even some licorice candy. Peat and tar, but also warm apple
      pie. WTF? This goes back and forth like a yoyo between sweet and salt, but
      remains exciting. Midpalate the oak makes is quite drying.
    • Finish


      The finish is fairly long (I so much wanted to last this longer, but
      alas), on peat and coals, very spicy and dies a salty death.

  37. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After having spent more time with it, I take back my first opinion. It needs time due to its impressive complexity, but this is not at all a disappointment - it's much better than the last few years. Although there are some quirky elements (very sweet attack, only moderate farminess), overall it's excellent. Too bad it costs around 350 euros (it's kinda worth it though - just look at today's prices of earlier releases). Brora enthusiasts should seriously consider this one.
    • Nose
      Mineral and dusty, even a little raw at first. Wet stones and cardboard. Then some ashes and salt. After fifteen minutes a bunch of other layers start to come out. Nice tobacco. Quite some yellow apple and vanilla as well (fruity / biscuity notes, in high quantities for a Brora). Wax. More smoke and aha... farmyard! Maybe not the smell of goat stables and manure of earlier releases but still a good deal of stable hay and wet animals. A little mint / eucalyptus as well. High class!
    • Taste
      Much sweeter than expected. Tangerine, almonds, condensed milk, something caramelly even. Still rather peppery and slightly mustardy. Some leather. Going back and forth between sharper notes and sweeter notes. A fair amount of oak too. Nicely returning to pastry flavours in the end.
    • Finish
      Medium long and drying, with faint peat and ashes. Again a hint of mint in the aftertaste.

  38. corbuso scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Could people stop mentioning a year of distillation for these Annual Releases, since they are never mentioned on the labels and usually contain whiskies of different years of distillation?

    The whisky? Very good, rather farmy, spicy and heavier than the previous release

  39. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Distilled in 1978, this is the oldest Brora yet released by Diageo, and

    was introduced as part of the Special Releases for 2011. A marvellously

    complex nose with an intricate, medium-peated palate.

  40. hsmithjr did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    All available information on the internet says the outrun was 1,404 bottles.  On the bottle label, however, it states "1 of 1500".  Interesting.

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