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Brora 4th Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2007 12:00 am
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2253.89

75 × in wishlist

214 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 4th Release

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.14 points

  1. 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.

  2. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 711: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUH-liW0L3s (92/100). First pour to celebrate 100 thousand subscribers.

    Ralfy review 729: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uxp7qFX__Q (94/100). Revisited review: 3 different time samples comparison.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result. 

    Longrow 1974 56% bottled 1987 Samaroli   

    Glen Garioch 1971 Full proof 59.6% Samaroli    

    Ledaig 1973 14 year 56.3% Sestante Castle Label   

    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB   

    Lagavulin 1976 37 year 51% OB   

    Port Ellen 10th Annual Release 1978 31 year 54.6% OB   

    Laphroaig 1967 27 year cask 2957 50.1% Signatory dumpy   

    Caol Ila 15 year Manager`s Dram sherry 63% OB   

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2390 LMDW 53.1% OB  

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    My view of this right now is that 94-95 points is about right, this one is more or less equal to the 2005 3rd release, both are excellent and have a great depth of profile.

  5. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Review by Serge:


  6. 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

  7. SWFC scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: This Brora first reeks of butyric acid to me. Perhaps mine was stored incorrectly or there was a cheeky pajarete cask in this batting?

    Either way once you get past the baby sick the typical Brora farmyard notes are here. Sweaty horse in a hay barn and wet dogs with muddy paws trending dirt into the house After that, the Clynelish citrus. Bitter orange peel, freshly zested and squeezed over your cocktail. The peat on this puppy takes front and centre. Its raw, earthy, coal-like and muscular. It never lets you forget that its the boss here.

    Palate: Huge entry. Powerful peat. Its hot at first and needs some getting used to, to taste the complexities. As always I taste a little without, then with water. Lots of herbs, cooking spices, mint & ginger. Orange reappears, its still bitter but very pleasurable and it sits long in the finish with the farmyard peat notes. 

    Overall this is a 'sweaty' Brora. While some regard this as their favorite, for me the RMC bottlings retain more balance. This is however a very fun and unforgettable Brora.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. ptitdadou scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: A beautiful fine peat, wax, lemon and some eucalyptus. Over time the nose is more and more fruity on citrus and plum and we find coffee. Palate: The attack has a nice amplitude with a peat a little more farm than the nose, lemon. Citrus fruits (oranges) and coffee are also present as well as spices, and some wood at the end of the mouth. Finale: The finish is long, peaty to finish on notes of cut grass. Comment: The nose is a little discreet at first and takes a little time to reveal itself. The mouth is really superb, very greedy with at the same time a lot of complexity.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Just Excellent, In the top 3 of 30 year Brora OB.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. 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.


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