Brora 1977

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
24 years old
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Aug 2008 3:35 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2.740,07

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 1977

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.47 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] The 1977 vintage of Brora marks a turning point in the history of this fine distillery. Up to that time Brora produced heavily peated malt while from 1978 onwards the peating levels were contantly reduced to the "usual" low Clynelish level. So I always check the 1977 releases if I can find any sign this process already started...

    ...and again I found no hint of that! This is simply a complex and adorable old Brora of the finest kind that is both very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable. Hopefully Diageo goes for this profile with the revamped Brora distillery (or even better: vintage 1972!)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is amber and the nose offers the old traditional Brora profile with heavy "dirty" peat aromas. Ooh, how I love this! This is like a walk through the wet summer North Scottish countryside with aromas of freshly cut peat, heather, old byres, sheep dip on the meadows and a distant bonfire. Later shy fruity, honey and autumn floral aromas join in as do waxy and engine oily notes. And many more, find out!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is multi-layered on all these fine flavours of the nose plus an interesting salty-maritime touch that I like. Upon chewing it turns sweeter and the smoke gets colder (drying) while a fine earthiness developing. Later waxes and honeys join in. Water unlocks more aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter with more waxy-earthy flavours. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth. There is a minor astringent feeling of cold metals that I rather like in this setting. The finish is long and adds more fruity flavours that are delicious and it is without any distracting moments.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With water:

    The nose is softer now and the palate has los some peat and gained more fruit but still has a lot of power.

    What I call a muscular whisky, very good for sure
    • Nose
      This smells like its dirtier than the 21 year 1977 RM, less fruit. The fruit is less pronounced on this one, coastal, farmy, briny notes are all here. I get more peat than the 21 year but then the fruit comes through on fresh pineapple and yellow plum with honeycomb.
    • Taste
       This more straightforward than the 21, much more peat than I remember previously. It then settles down with sherbet fizz, crisp peat. yellow plum and also some raspberry but its very slight.
    • Finish
      Long & peaty

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    N: Packed with even more fruits than the Port Dundas, it’s also squidgy-er with a touch of farmy Shreddies. The rest is history!
    T: Many 'wows’, as is so often the case with Brora. Sweet, farmy and everything in between.
    F: Simply beautiful.
    C: It’s unfortunate to be eating food straight after this, but needs must. A second glass [Tex isn’t fussed about Brora - result!], confirms the simply ideal nature of things. No one talks of oak, sour notes or rushed distillate when it comes to these beauties. Peeps instead, often head to the subjective plain to describe such experiences, and tonight is no exception.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2004] Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 1659 that I bought for 78 (seventy eight) Euro in September, 2003.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5. For whatsoever reason I took no notes.

  5. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Excellent concentrated, saturated Brora, many shades and half tones, excellent balance, depth, not so many industrial notes, absolutely no peat and sulfur, in style closer to the modern Clynelish.
    • Nose
      Restrained, wet, oak boards, lemon peel, strong floral-honey notes, mineral tones - stone chips, drying plaster; sweet lemonade motifs, industrial textiles, vanilla, wax, propolis, tropical fruits - pineapple, banana;
    • Taste
      Rich, dense, oak, propolis, buckwheat honey, lemon peel, nuts, candied ginger, grains, creamy and vanilla tones, pepper wave, tropical fruits, bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, ginger, metallic acidity, mineral shades, sweet lemonade tones, tropical fruits,

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 88 empty on eBay.

  7. Menko scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    It will be very hard to find a whisky better than this.
    And if it exists it will probably be a Brora too.
    After (close to) 40 years of enjoying whisky, many tastings, festivals and trips to Schotland I haven't found a better Brora jet. The 21 year old RM 1977 comes close, but has just a bit less character.
    This is exceptional! The nose is remarkable. Even an empty glass is (hours later) a true pleasure to smell.
    It has every flavor you wish would be in a whisky and none of them dominates.
    The finish is long, warm and rich.
    A pitty it's not really affordable anymore.
    Mind: It gets a lot weaker in an opened bottle within a few months. That might explain some of the ratings given after tastings...?
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This was a result of a H2H today all Brora and 23 year old Clynelish,
    1 - 1965 CA Nibada 23 year
    2 - 1975 RM 20 year
    3 - 1977 RM 21 year
    4 - 1977 RM 24 year
    5 - 1981 DT 25 year cask 1423
    The clear winner is the 1965 here, for me this is a brora as it was distilled in the Brora stills, it is Clynelish in name only, a lovely whisky. The 75 was excellent and so to were the 1977 but the 21 year is an all round better dram than the 24 year but both are very good. The 1981 DT was not good, it was drinkable but not what I would call a Brora of note, pretty tame, hot with some off notes, I would not pay more than £125 for it, I believe I may have had a bottle of this years ago need to check that one? A great H2H for me I love Brora and when its good its excellent.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I do not revisit many whiskies on reviews or taste notes but as this is H2H and over 2 years since I had a good go at this, I felt it was needed.

    A quality dram for sure, you need to take your time with this one to get the best from it.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very excessive Brora, already too dry for me, but in itself already great to taste, artisanal and of the strength and different notes a great malt.
    • Nose
      Works first very closed, wall of raw, dirty malt, light as well as dark, heather grass dried and wood honey mixed with motor oil, with more time come roasted marshmallows, cinnamon, clove, chestnut, actually gets some autumnal-Christmas, slightly dried pear and almost a little mint if I'm not mistaken, eucalyptus and bread crust
    • Taste
      Very dry, almost extreme and very strong, dirty malt again everywhere, motor oil, rough wheat, hops, bread crust, dried heath herbs, dry moss, black pepper, dry hay, clove, oregano, wild garlic, caraway, absolutely no more fruit, at most dried and smoked thin pear slices, if you like, some eucalyptus and ricola sweets, chestnuts, forest honey and smoky tree resin
    • Finish
      Here comes the pear one more tick even with some vanilla and the light, dirty malt continues, some honey and cinnamon, as well as the mint, long


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