- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 30 years old
- Calculated age
- 30 years old
- Number of bottles
- 55.7 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 16 Aug 2007 12:37 am
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Whisky Reviews for Brora 5th Release
31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.05 points
- enough notes here, I just enjoy my dram in peace - hammer material with notes from the 70s with an intensity like from the late 90s :)
- Brora H2H
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Brora 30 year OB along side Clynelish 12 year 56.9% Edward & Edward White label bottled 1973.
I have been meaning to do this for some time unfortunately I had no 2007 30 year. All 5 Brora OB in Glencairns the Clynelish in a Tulip.
The Clynelish is here because for me its Brora, distilled in the Brora Stills about 1960 and I will put the tasting notes for this in the Brora section, also for some reason never bothered doing a tasting note for the 2003 before.
05 – 1st similar to Clynelish
73 - 2nd Clynelish –
04 – 3rd
06 – 4th
02 – 5th
03 - 6th
02 better than 03, 04 more powerful and peaty, 05 similar to 04 but less peat and more elegant, -06 similar to 05, clynelish 73 more waxy and fruity.
04, 05, 06 very similar now,
02 & 03 similar, less expressive more fruity than peaty, clynelish more fruity
02 – creamy & peaty
03 – Fruity & peaty
04 - Very sweet, beautifully balanced and the peat is there
05 – weaker compared to the 04 at first but this one is very subtle more creamy but less expressive on the palate than the 04.
06 – Siimilar to the 05 but peat is louder in this one
Clynelish, waxy, peaty & fruity
04, - 1st
05, - 2nd
02 - 4th
03 – 5th
The clynelish I could not decide but probably in the middle of these 5 on rating but the profile is obviously different.
There really is not much to chose from all are great but palate wise the 2004 30 year Brora is the best because until then I would have said the 2005 was my favourite 30 year Brora OB but that why they need comparing together.
- [March, 2017] After the Russians (Krim), the English (Brexit), the Americans (Trump) now the Turks went crazy - only the Dutch stayed calm and I like the Dutch for that AND because they are great (quality) whisky drinkers. That is why I decided to call this a Brora day - I need something really, really good now.
And I will do two head-to-heads: the 30-years old 5th vs. the 25-years old 7th release and the two 20-years old Rare Malts from 1975 and 1982 against each other.
So the clear winner is the 5th release mainly for its bigger complexity (yes, peat induces a lot of additional flavours and aromas over such a long time) without any sign of getting tired. Nevertheless the 7th profile is very nice too, but in a blind tasting you would not guess these two drams are from the same distillery and of a comparable age. Really interesting to see the difference peat makes...
The 5th is remarkably darker than the 7th, much more as the 5 additional years of maturation could explain. So most probably more refill casks on the 7th side. The nose of the 5th is much more powerful and complex with lots of flavours that remind me of the Scottish countryside (the smell of cow stables, wet haystacks and wet sheperd dogs). And a quite dominant eucalyptus note besides dozens of other aromas. Contrary to this the 7th is much more simple mainly on a vanilla and almond profile rounded up with some exotic fruits. Clear winner is the 5th, but the 7th is on a high level too.
Again the 5th is much more complex with dozens of different flavours and aromas based on peat, marzipan, herbs and spices (vanilla is just marginal here). The 7th is based all around vanilla and fruity flavours (again almost no peat). Very different, but the 5th wins again.
Both have a fat, oily and coating arrival on the palate with heavy peat notes on the 5th and almost no peat at all on the 7th side, but a very nice sweetness there. Both are quite punchy, I like that. Both own a very long finish with advantages on the 5th side again due to the greater complexity. No drying or unpleasant woody notes in both.
- Water: with 3 drops of water it is even rounder, more harmonious
Conclusion: This is whisky! Complex, round, unbelievably many flavors that you can spend hours in the glass, roll over your tongue and you will always find something new
Farm, leather, wet hay, salt, wax, kelp, caramel, many fruits (orange, lime, mandarin, plum), cigar box, seafood, slightly mineral, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, almonds
complex, sweet fruits, peat, some salt, pebble beach
eternally long, supported by peat, lapsang tea, mineral, earthy, wax, leather and cedar wood
- Typical Bora - I think this one is even more smoky than the 2007 bottling but also a tad more bitter and less multi-dimensional. Anyway, great stuff!
Intense, powerful, smoke & leather, honeydew, overripe almost fermenting fruits, hints of vanilla, walnuts, spices, nutmeg, pepper, malty, dry hay - great!
Punchy, oily, creamy, smoky, more walnuts, subtle sweetness, honey, cigares, cold ashes, old books, grapefruits - very good!
Long, burning, more smoke, bonfires, a bit drying
- Enormously dense, powerful, intense. Farm notes, mineral, earthy and peaty. In addition apricot chutney. A little smoke. Great stuff!
- Fantastic smell and taste of caramelized toasted nuts.
Smooth and silky.