Brora 7th Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry & Bourbon
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2008 9:27 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1329.90

32 × in wishlist

250 × member ratings

350 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 7th Release

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 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
      90 90
      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
      91 91
      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
      90 90
      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.

  2. STL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tasted, sample, 11 years after bottling ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Interesting mix of spice and dried fruits. I would say that the nose oscillates around speculoos (almonds, 4 spices and brown sugar). But the complexity of the nose is interesting and more nuanced (menthol tip?)
    • Taste
      88 88
      The palate is fresh and vegetal first. It explodes on spices (too spicy) and citrus peels (lime and, perhaps, grapefruit). The whole is a bit unbalanced
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is short and spicy spices persist (white pepper, ginger and allspice). She lacks a little finesse

  3. cuhp scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Cucumber, celery, a touch of leather and pepper, grainy, vanilla, peat, sea weed.

    Taste: Salt, licorice and nuts. Quite intense!

    Finish: Salty, salty, salty! Vanilla, licorice and some maritime notes.

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose made me a little disappointed, because it looks very young, but the taste is very in my direction with these Chichi notes.
    • Nose
      Lots of almonds and marzipan, wood glue also something, DIY store, vanilla, some papaya and more avocado behind, birch bark, light honey, shortbread, pistachio, some nutmeg and white pepper, fresh tobacco, malt, young leather, blind rather 16Y, later still chalk and salt
    • Taste
      Banana jelly, papaya, avocado, reminds me of a nice chichibu with these notes, fresh coffee beans, marzipan, green peppers, chilli, reminiscent of Chichi and Mars, black tea, asparagus, pecans, waxy notes in between, birch sap
    • Finish
      Coconut rasps, dry, very long, marzipan, sweet malt, some leather

  5. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color - Golden Straw
    Tasted on 10/20/2012
    Bottle No. 2596/3000
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow...rich butter, melted brown sugar, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and molasses.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Amazing as soon as it hits the palate. Rich, smooth, oily, fresh orange citrus notes with butter and some peppercorn spice. Despite the cask strength, this one tastes delicious neat.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Moderately long with lingering spice and smokey oak. This one continues to improve with each sip and water helps tone the spice and bring out more fruit notes - although I still prefer this neat. Too bad there is so little of this to go around...

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and dense, but rather primitive whisky, not rich palette and a standard set of bourbon extracts, brute force with oak, but the depth, on the other hand, is not childish. Water? Water! The aroma is immediately revealed, the taste / finish also does not lose power and density, but they acquire more diverse forms rich in halftones, fluff up, so to speak, well, a couple of points are a plus.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, processed board, grain, nuts, dusty paper, carpentry workshop, solvent, ether, light sulfur notes, wool.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, knitting oak, tart bark, lemon peel, cardboard, pepper wave, sweet berry notes, malt, dust, varnish notes, light putrid motifs.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, grain, oak, bitter bark, eucalyptus, salted grape leaves, sweet ginger candied fruit, spicy mineral-metal notes.

  7. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Loved this one. Excellent and tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      Underwood (wet soil, mushrooms), farmy notes (wet hay), honey, whiffs of fruits (apples, peaches, lemon), spices, light smoke. Refined and complex.
    • Taste
      Punchy and thick. Spices (pepper, ginger), apples, lemon juice, slightly grassy, smoky.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, grassy and salty.

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. z-imaging scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very different compared to 2009 and 2010 30yo's, it is saltier, body is thicker and oilier, there is smoke but without the medicinal part
    • Nose
      Caramel, distant smoke, light sweetness
    • Taste
      Oily, salty, light smoke, fresh oak, fruits
    • Finish
      Long, more salt and smoke

  10. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I miss some character in this oldie.
    • Nose
      Some oiled paper,some seashore, a hint of new Neoprene, and then you are in an apple orchard. Water does open things up considerably with a gentle  smoke, some nettles, lemon thyme and light nuttiness.
    • Taste
      It all comes out here. Brora is in the glittering spring sunshine, mixing sweetness and  acidity ( apple again) touches of bitterness ( nutshell), green tree bark,) smoke like tobacco and citrus,like candied lemon peels. Balanced.
    • Finish
      The smoke discreetly emerges.


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