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Brora 10th Release

Overall rating 204 votes 94.00
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

Tastingtags

25 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
25 Sep 2017 8:05 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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 this old Clynelish versus a later Brora from around 1978/9 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/25968/brora-10th-release.

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).

Weighted Rate
92.3
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
94
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
93
There is no accounting for taste...
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
15 Jul 2017 7:52 pm
ctu gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

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!

lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Tasting note
14 May 2017 4:31 pm
Color
Old gold
Nose

Nez intense et rond. Malt délicat. Crème brûlée généreuse. Pomme cuite. De plus en plus pâtissier.

Taste

Bouche veloutée, bien épicée. On a des notes de chêne, témoins du grand âge, mais rien d'écrasant qui viendrait à déséquilibrer l'ensemble.

Finish

Finale caressante, pétillante et légèrement mentholée.

Comments
Un très bon dram dont les fans de Clynelish se délecteront !

Enthousiasme 4/5

Whisky n°1293



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ThS
Expert Senior ThS Note
25 Jan 2017 10:07 pm
ThS gave this whisky 95 points

La quintessence du whisky. Absolument magique.

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
08 Jun 2016 10:19 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
Weighted Rate
94.9
Nose
96
Initial taste
95
Body
95
Finish
94
Price
94
Presentation
95
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
08 Jun 2016 10:14 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Amontillad
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

Comments

Very rich and complex. Excellent!

Scotch Cognoscente
Expert Junior Scotch Cognoscente Note
29 Apr 2016 1:35 am

From Serge at whiskyfun.com

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.
Black Widow
Expert Senior Black Widow Note
24 Nov 2015 10:36 pm

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

ak47
Expert Senior ak47 Note
17 Oct 2015 12:42 pm
ak47 gave this whisky 95 points

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

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