Brora 4th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2005
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
16 Aug 2007 12:41 am
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2418.65

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 4th Release

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.77 points

  1. sphinx scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    My thirty birthday whisky.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    It’s not hard to see why these early Brora are so coveted. One of my favourites of all time.

  3. Seanzhang scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
      92(Neat) 94(With water)
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 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.

  5. OJK scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The nose is incredibly layered and constantly evolving. Wet wax jacket, muddy soil and smoke, hot lemon and butter with olive oil in a pan, a little bit of wood and new leather, coal and honey eucalyptus, it's just endless... Then on the palate it's rich and dense, carrying everything through from the nose in a warm and supple oil, while still vibrant and with added fruit syrups. Then the finish is an expanding wave of balanced and integrated flavour, all of it in total harmony from start to finish, and not a single rough edge or bitter note.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Superbly complex. Non-invasive animal side.
    • Nose
      Dirty nose on the stable, the hay, the earth. Peat. Under wood. Very camphorated fruits.
      Dust, old book. Lemon, green wood.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is very round on citrus fruits, the stable, hay, clove, red pepper.
      Musk, under wood.
    • Finish
      Finale on musk, undergrowth, perspiration. Peat. Pineapple in syrup.

  7. helmutgw scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: becomes very sweet, round, no alcohol Too rude to be awesome. 04.03.2017 88
    • Nose
      F: dark gold N: Cowshed, cooked vegetables - sounds strange, but interesting, phenol, low alcohol
    • Taste
      sweet, Fruchtanklänge, but the phenol is too dominant, the nose is more interesting
    • Finish
      long, a little alcohol, nothing new

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur


    Nose - Little change from neat.

    Palate - Beautiful creamy mouthfeel, peat, tar, diesel oil, farm smells, rum & raisin, crunchie bars

    Finish - Goes on and on

    This Brora is straight out of the top drawer. With a little water it was perfection and the profile has so much going on.
    I do not like huge peat on its own in whisky but, because there is so much going on the peat mixes with everything else beautifully.
    • Nose
      Peat, varnish, blood orange, toffee, raisins, caramel, bacon, cooked meats, very rich with a whiff of cigar smoke, just excellent.
    • Taste
       Very peaty but it is mixed with an oily waxiness that coats the mouth, werthers originals, cinder toffee, bitter plain chocolate and there is also the Brora farminess ( something I find hard to describe). There is loads going on, too much to describe in all honesty.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, almost endless.

  9. dicembre29 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Wow. A stunning mature, farmy and salty dram. Peat, smoke and iodine. Leather. Rubber bands. Lapsang Souchong tea. Buttery peat (not far off from Bruichladdich’s signature peating style), and creme caramel. Citrus. Something very fresh. Also something very mature. Brilliantly dissonant from the majority of the whisky world, but incredibly harmonious unto itself.

    Palate: As lovely as the nose is…in this case it simply can’t hold a candle to the palate. Beautiful. Big, bold and flawless. Smoke and pepper. Rich and earthy peat. Rubber again. Stunning array of spices. Citrus again, but a little sweeter now, but also with some pith. Salt licorice. Again with the rich smoky Lapsang Souchong tea notes. Like a very, very mature Port Charlotte. Hot and alive, even at thirty years.




  10. Dede scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      There too, we arrive directly in the yard of the farm, even if a little less marked than for the 2004 (oddly, at the f2f done previously with the friends, it was the 2005 which had appeared more farmer). The peat is a little less oily. We also find the notes of spray, the same citrus with, as noted by Kell, a different scale, a little more bitter orange and a little less lemon, which gives the impression that the 2004 is cooler than this 2005, which seems heavier, more heady. A slightly sulphured note (rubber) reinforces this impression. A small preference in 2004 for the nose.
    • Taste
      Boom in your head !! The 2006 had seemed powerful, but I did well to drink before this monster! What a flood of peat, citrus, licorice, gentian, pepper, cinchona, salt, wax! It's fat, oily, it sticks to the palate, a whisky that chews complacently, with happiness. A sort of quadrature of the circle combining the passion, the peaty power of a young Islay and the complexity of an old Highland. Here, the 2005 passes before the 2004, at least in term of intensity.
    • Finish
      endless, peaty, liquorice, fruity, salty, peppery, we find everything we had in mouth in an echo that does not want to be forgotten. The twilight of the Gods !


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