Brora 1977

Overall rating
91.82/100
votes
230
Whiskybase ID
WB3498
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1977
Bottled
10.1998
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
56.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281014852
Added on
01 sep 2008 5:52 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2929.46

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230 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Brora 1977

38 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.82 points.

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A complex dram for friends of the moderate beat - 1-2 drops of water and plenty of time let it blossom
    • Nose
      92 92
      Beeswax, flower meadow, creamy blossom honey, spices tingle in the nose and overlay the subtle smoke in the background
    • Taste
      93 93
      Honey wine, fruit sweetness from yellow Campino candies, chamomile, herbs, earthy moss - everything is surrounded by the harmonious remnants of a broken cloud of smoke
    • Finish
      91 91
      fruity with orange, wonderfully intertwined residual smoke - extremely long in the mouth and throat

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  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    The environment wasn't perfect, but you can't choose. Messe Villingen, a rarity from the year it was born, a handful of good to very good drams in advance. It doesn't matter, it's supposed to be that one, you'll never get it again and then that. I was blown away by the aromas. I know Brora, but everything fitted here. The aroma was incredibly dense and intense, fruity, beeswax, also candied citrus, beautiful oak, intense, not overpowering, sweet and full and above all this very special, subtle but all-encompassing Brora peat smoke. And the best thing was that the whisky showed no weaknesses, no matter whether in the nose, in the mouth or in the long finish, it was always perfect and always a pleasure, no accidental peppery sharpness, no unnecessary bitterness, no aroma hole. He was perfect at all times. Needless to say, I was just turned off for over an hour at the fair. A Dream Dram, you don't get that in a glass every day. So in the end it was more of a deep enjoyment than an analysis of individual aromas. But I think that's what such drops are for and that's why you're a whisky connoisseur.

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    very similar to the 1977 24 yo 56.1%

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. kringo86 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Although brora bottlings often have a shy nose, they always deliver if chewed. This bottling is so well balanced on tropical fruits and hint of smoke within a nice sherry malt setting. It is crazy to say that this waxy style i like on clynelish but barely on brora ...

  8. Kensay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    powerful, dense, with a pronounced character and a slightly unusual profile. the feeling of a shower that has just ended is constantly haunting when you inhale its aroma. Give this whisky time, it's not as simple as it seems at first glance
    • Nose
      93 93
      flowers and ripe fruits, lemons in peat, spices, air in the forest after a rainstorm, mushrooms, a musty cellar, iodine and some pine needles. Later, creamy cakes and barberries show through, wet dog hair
    • Taste
      91 91
      citruses drenched in peat and spices, honey and ripe tropical fruits in oil, dense and powerful
    • Finish
      91 91
      lemons with iodine, light haze of a fire, smoked fish, oxidized metal and a drop of honey, long and enveloping

  9. OJK scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Elegantly restrained peat, with that unique Brora farmy edge, and the most exquisite tropical fruits all mixed in a beautiful buttery delivery.

  10. Marx scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Power very well mastered. It's very straight but the whole is very pleasant thanks to the presence of fruit.

  11. Boss6 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    N: Very intense, a lively attack, smoke, white fruits, medicinal, dressing, an iodine and vegetal touch!
    The nose is really top notch, very deep, minty, on pear, peach, fresh grass, dressing (disinfectant), granny smith apple, cardamom, very coastal (iodine / light spray) or even floral.
    Small waxy and mineral touch.
    The smoke remains in the background, mineral, iodized and quite sweet.
    With cold ash ventilation.
    Quite shocked at the aromatic freshness.

    B: Creamy, waxy, very dense entry, launched on white fruits, vegetal texture, fresh grass, hay, a fruit brandy side so much freshness.
    Apple / pear / mirabelle plum.
    Nice alcoholic presence coupled with honey, so characteristic wax and a very herbaceous / floral / cardamom side.
    A very light omnipresence of this very mineral and iodized smoke.
    Always a lot of fruit (very pear) coupled with this mineral and waxy side.

    The finish is intense, warm, waxy, grassy, on ash, a mineral and iodine metallic side.

    95/100

  12. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. whisk_guy did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    0.4 left
    Glassware: Tall Tulip
    Colour: Pale Amber

    Tasted from Club Qing event
    Not quite detail :(
    • Nose
      Bubble gum, nectar, matured fruit, melon, toffee
    • Taste
      Full body, haylike, tropical fruit, nutmeg, cedar, nutty
    • Finish
      Candy, tropical fruit, haylike

  14. -sAxo- scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. K C Wong scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. UchidaT scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    At first whiff: nail polish, engine oil, pepper. After a while, beeswax, apricots and peaches appear instead of the more typical tropical fruits found in other Brora and Clynelish.

    On the mouth it's creamy, very deep and spicy. Beeswax takes over and fills the mouth and nose vigorously. Peat and wax appear to be in perfect harmony, which allows the whisky to retain its elegance despite its mouthwatering intensity. With a drop of water, it acquires a certain atypical herbaceousness.

    The finish is massive, intense and fulfilling.

  17. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A sample from a bottle probably opened since several years.
    Not the most complex Brora I had but definitely an excellent one.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Peat smoke, tarry ropes, candied lemons, hints of yellow and tropical fruits, floral honey, hints of saw dust, coastal notes, ashes. It remains subtle despite aeration but well-balanced.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat smoke, brine and juicy fruits from the nose. A touch of spices.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, lingering zesty lemons, pepper and salt.

  18. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    After the rain, a watchdog guards a basket with fruit, wax candles and honeycombs, sitting on peat ..
    • Nose
      Peat, honey wax, fruit, slightly smoky, metallic note (wet wool)
    • Taste
      Honey-fruit pie, pepper is also tangible, but well combined with sweet notes and metallic leather
    • Finish
      The taste lasts, lasts and develops very well

  19. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very nice indeed. I am slightly less enthusiastic than the average here, but there’s no question, it’s a great malt.

    Nose is more accessible than other rare malts. More honey, beeswax, creamy, caramel and milk chocolate even. Nice

    In the mouth it’s abv is felt. Lots of power but also lots of flavours. Beeswax, creamed honey with chilis. Candied ginger, caramilk bar. Maybe wispy smoke, but not really any peat or than subtle influence. It’s a rare malt for sure! A lot of power and very little subtlety. Great whisky this one.

  20. Menko scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    A bit less complex compared to the Brora RM 1977 24 years old. But considering the 24 years is (in my opinion) the best whisky ever made, this 21 years old is still a remarkable accomplishment. Made in a time quality was more important than quantity.
    The 21 has more power and is more 'direct' compared to the 24 but lacks some of the the refined herbs, peper and appel flavors.
    A truly brilliant whisky never the less!

  21. eeshansim scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  22. Vince scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Maybe not quite the level of the early 70s, but it sure is a hard hitting dram with waves and explosions of flavor. That unique Brora farmy, oily, peaty profile combined with all what is found in a great Clynelish today--was still "affordable" maybe 4 years back. no longer.

  23. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Crystallised fruits orange spices wax, herbs, zesty, delicious

  24. penumbra scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Brora, this is just undisputed good wine. It ’s just that if you cover up the lost peat, it ’s a complete kitten, and I personally think that if you remove the peat, will you go to a higher level .
    • Nose
      Light peat, citrus, milky, oily, exhaust, chamomile.
    • Taste
      Sprouts of cheese, cheese, soot, citrus, peach branches, deciduous trees.
    • Finish
      Medium, waxy, milky.

  25. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 20 21 82

    Too alcoholic, alcohol overshadows everything, water did not help, not my format of this beloved distillery, sad ... maybe the sample was spoiled? ok, we must try again!

  26. checkpointrk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This was a result of a H2H today all Brora and 23 year old Clynelish,
    Result:
    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.

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Neat this is lovely, an excellent whisky.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    With water:

    Not much change on the nose but the there is more fruit on the palate and the fizzy alcohol has been checked with a slightly drying finish.

    Excellent.
    • Nose
      This has a really nice nose, well balanced, nice fruit with peat in the background.

      A really nice mix of fruits, plum, pineapple, peach, fig its all there with a few brine notes but overall you could say this was coastal.
    • Taste
      Vey smooth at first but then a huge wave of peat and brine, you can taste the salt, the fruit that was on the nose is well and truly taking back stage here.

      The fruit comes through, some apple, plum but the peat and the alcohol seem to grow
    • Finish
      Massive, very long with some fruit and lots of peat in the mix.

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Full bodied. Big robust and richly flavored malt with unadulterated maritime  character. A perfect after-dinner dram or for solitary  contemplation.
    • Nose
      Seaweed and iodine. Clean and unspoiled peat smoke. Citrus notes on the top layer. A hint of leather,like car seat and saddles. Some veils of barley and peaches and tropical aromas like coconut.
    • Taste
      The peat sensation on the palate is more intense than on the nose. The impression of salt is immense and stylishly balanced. Spicy, with prickling peppery feeling,combined with refreshing  lemon notes.Slight oily with some waxiness. Also  oaky tannins.
    • Finish
      The peat returns for an impressive finale and the oakiness is present as a perfect counterpoint. The permanence od its attributes fades out in a very slow and pleasing pace.

  32. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  33. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced and actually one that is a bit sweeter and fresher than usual for Broras which I like - Fantastic!
    • Nose
      Rich, powerful, honey, oak wood, leathery, hints of peat and smoke, tropical fruits - typical good Brora
    • Taste
      Sweet, liquorice, oily, smooth, creamy, but punchy, peppery, lemony, woody, little peaty and smoky - very good

      With water more fruity, smoother and even little vanilla notes
    • Finish
      Long and warm, still sweet fruity in the end

  34. Zumbar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. ptitdadou scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: We take a slap of entry, with a very expressive first nose on peat, wax and lemon and a little pepper. Vegetable notes bring some freshness to the background. The fruits, at first discreet, are more and more important, on the grapefruit, the cooked apple and the mirabelle plums. Palate: Second slap because the attack is very lively, always on peat and lemon. The fruits are still there but they are cotntre-balanced by pepper and spices more present than the nose. Finish: Long, on peat and vegetal notes. Comment: A Brora with a lot of punch, you have to give him a little time so that he can express himself completely.

  36. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 654,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  37. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 655,-€ at Whiskyauction 10/2015

  38. dicembre29 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Orange and nutmeg. Some lovely cherry notes and warm leather. Fresh hay. A little peat, yes, but surprisingly tame here. Soft, gentle and beautiful. The comfort of warm caramel pudding. Wonderfully sweet and balanced.

    Palate: Smoke now. Grainy and farmyard-like. Citrus tang and some fruit skin flavours and feel. Anise. A whiff of eucalyptus. Bold delivery belies the softness of the nose. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. I would think this was older than 21, to be honest.

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  39. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  40. Cast Olila scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  41. Furtia scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  42. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  43. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A very rare Brora bottled for the Rare Malts range in the late 1990s.

    These bottlings have passed into legend and are now incredibly difficult

    to get hold of."
    TWE

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