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Brora 10th Release

Overall rating
94.01/100
votes
221
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1978
Bottled
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 3:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3155,99

Whisky Reviews for Brora 10th Release

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.01 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 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 Rare Malt edition https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9067/clynelish-1972 versus this later Brora from around 1978/9.

    Colour:  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.

    Nose:  The Clynelish 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.

    Initial mouthfeel:  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 adstringent moments.  Again I like the Brora mouthfeel better.

    Taste:  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 tastebuds that offer the different aromas one after the other.  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.

    Finish:  Both own a very long finish with no distracting bitter or drying feelings.  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.

    Water releases more herbal aromas in the nose of the Clynish 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.

    All in all two exceptional drams that confirm the high quality and legendary status of these sister distilleries.  Just the recent price tags are ridiculous...

    PS:  The drought of 1969 was NOT caused by men-made climate change as the worldwide temperatures dropped significantly until 1975 (despite constantly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere).
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      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • 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.

  3. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 0312 sold empty at ebay.

  4. 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.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 94 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
      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
      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
      Long, oaky, peaty, with a Talisker like peppery.

  6. 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.

  7. ThS scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The quintessence of whisky. Absolutely magical.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

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

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points 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

  10. LF96 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whiskyauction.com History:
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