Brora 5th Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2006
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1937.78

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 5th Release

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.00 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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 :)
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

    First nosing
    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.

    2nd nosing
    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
    06, -3rd
    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.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [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...
    • Nose
      93 93
      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.
    • Taste
      92 92
      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.
    • Finish
      93 93
      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.

  4. ded scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    I will always want to repeat it!

  5. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Powerful and full of whisky, pleases from the first sip!

  6. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Comprehensive Delight! It is impossible to pick up epithets to describe ...
    Nose: multi-layered rolls over - varnish, wax, honey, butter, biscuit ... and a belly
    The taste is lacquered, oily, oily, very dense, slightly salty.
    Light peat appears in the aftertaste ... A long and dense finish.
    The balance without question is beautiful! 24
    PS Now you can die without regretting anything.

  7. Imp scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Oily and fatty, farmy, punchy, great long finish.

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Elegant Brora with a wonderful soft peat aroma and notes of wet hair of purebred dogs and wet hay. Top class. 24-23.5-24-23.5

  9. funtik1975 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nectar of the Gods

  10. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    24 24 24 24 96

    no words .... masterpiece!


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