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Brora 1st Release

Overall rating
92.55/100
votes
161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1972
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L19R01713579
Barcode
5000281016900
Added on
14 Sep 2007 11:00 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 3180,10

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 1st Release

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.55 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Wow, wow, wow! What a great and multi-layered drop! The nose burns a true firework of flavors and is incredibly complex and varied. The taste of the fruitiness of the nose is unfortunately not much to feel. But the tart and spicy wood elements in combination with sharpness and salt make the taste buds dance. This was my first brora and just such a blast. It will be difficult to beat this dream whisky! Madness!
    • Nose
      Deep dark amber shimmers mysteriously in the glass. After panning, sticky streaks have formed on the glass wall, oily and counted drops slowly dissolve, tiling endlessly into the glass. Mineral notes stand out powerfully from the glass, the stony and discreet loamy aroma immediately mixes with intense orange aromas and sour citrus fruits. Vanilla and a hint of caramel rise from the intensive fruit mixture, leather flavors come to the fore and become more intense. Sweet tobacco leaves show up before a pinch of seawater suddenly blows out of the glass. Salt grains fall on apple slices, sweet syrup drips on the peaty soil, a hint of fresh mint and tropical fruits mix with the complex and powerful nose. Sweet honey and bitter grapefruit alternate, the salivation is massively stimulated. I want to finally try the Brora!
    • Taste
      Spicy woody elements and tart fruity aromas dominate the first sip, creamy rests the Brora for a brief moment on the tongue. Seconds later, the entire oral cavity fills with a wooden and subtly peppery sharpness. The salivation is now even more stimulated, the water is really in my mouth together. Tart walnut flavor then blends with subtly bitter grapefruit and lemon aromas. The bitter and harsh aromas slowly fade away, a salty taste envelops the tongue. At the second sip again briefly spicy oak notes dominate which then turn into a creamy mouthfeel. The sharpness is more intense and powerful after the second sip. Pepper, salt and dry logs heat the mouth properly and do not really want to subside anymore. In the background are grapefruit and lemons, a subtle tobacco and leather note is also present.
    • Finish
      Minutes later, the sharpness of the taste slowly fades away and subtly tart woody elements on the palate. On the tongue is a layer of lemon and salt, old walnut aroma mixes with dry wood and a subtle peat-smoke note exudes a pleasant and chubby mouthfeel. The salty lemon is surprisingly still very present. Slowly, the wonderfully harmonious aromas, but the Brora and its wonderful aroma are remembered for a long time.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose: 5/5 Palate: 4/5 Final: 5/5 Whisky n ° 1759
    • Nose
      Superb stewed fruit slowly giving way to a rich smoke - a bit like Springbank soot. Powerful, generous, warm! The malt, golden, rises in strength. There is honey, apple, poached pear, a hint of candied citrus ... All the aromas twirl, everyone tries to put themselves forward. Yet he reigns a great serenity.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the peat is more supported. It is fleshy, thick, caressing - barely waxy. Apple, honey. Well spicy but never too much.
    • Finish
      Finale on spices, a sweet bitterness, coffee. Long and subtle. A big moment !

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, aromatized hay, then very light peat pulling towards a dry smoke, then fruits in slightly macerated citrus fruits, other more exotic fruits and some spices bursting with flavor.
    • Nose
      wax, smoke, a little encaustic, then some light fruits at first (cooked apples and lemon!) then sweet spices, and peat now, fine, dry.
      back vanilla, iodized and exotic fruits now.
    • Taste
      pastry cream, buttered, unctuous peat, fruits always yellow white but this time stewed.

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Exceptional quality, I am very happy that I had the pleasure to taste this dram.
    • Nose
      Mineral, earthy, and quite fruity, to put it in short. To start with, there is a sense of lime stone. Next, the semi earthy, semi salty peat reveals itself. Along with that, there is licorice root, eucalyptus, and paraffin. First, it seems that the fruit is quit lemon-y, but later tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, lychee) join. In the back, there is a hint of almond paste, and a little farmy note of hay and stable. Excellent!
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, sweet-associated, salty and pleasantly sour at the same time. This is heaven... Tons of tropical fruits and orange scream for attention. Then, the licorice and salty peat counter-attack, and some fresher fruit (green apple) joins. In the end, marzipan and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, hardly drying nor bitter, but rather rounded and with a nice acidity. Now it's more on dried fruit and apricot, along with the dirty character of peat, earth and a farm.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this during the 10th Anniversary Tasting of MaRa at Limburg.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 95. 
    My
    notes state a complex nose on bourbon and peaty aromas (vanilla, take a sniff into a byre).  The taste is on heavy peaty flavours combined with a nice sweetness (comparable to one of my Hall-of-Fame whiskies https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4437/lagavulin-1988-hb).The line-up of this evening was stunning if not decadent (again):

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90570/sennachie-30-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9423/macallan-1936-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17011/highland-park-19-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/425/brora-1st-release
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20062/glenrothes-1966-wm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3453/rosebank-20-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14595/springbank-1973-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/76458/bowmore-bicentenaryGuess what, I enjoyed this evening very much (thanks for that, Roland & Carsten!)...

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 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.

    Nose
    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

    Palate
    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.

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A light but firm body.
    • Nose
      Fruity.Fresh limes. Indian lime pickle. Complex. Need some time.
    • Taste
      Powerfully peaty, with island flavours of spinach-like seaweed, salt and pepper.
    • Finish
      Stingingly mustardy. Joyously extrovert. Long aftertaste. Complex.

  8. MrRancho scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Potzblitz, is that one! Has more than I could ever recognize. Has parallels to old Taliskern for me, if the Brora also brings a bit 'more'.
    • Nose
      A wonderful mix of quite a few: smoke, fruit, sea water, lemon, flowers, candied fruit, red apple, grass, hay, leather, mint, broth, slightly sherry, some vanilla and pipe tobacco, mango, papaya. It does not stop! The longer you smell the more comes out, unbelievable!
    • Taste
      Oak, smoke, salt, lemon, spicy alcohol. Very dry, the fruit is practically gone. In contrast to the multi-layered nose, the taste is clear, delimited and straightforward. But wait! With water comes again the potpourri of the nose - yes there's that!
    • Finish
      Medium long after smoke and oak.

  9. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    EXCEPTIONAL
    • Nose
      Very farmer
      Peat veil
      Forest
      Mushrooms
      Orchard fruits
      Honey
      Wax
      Fresh minty
      Sausage of Morteau
    • Taste
      Pine sap
      Honey
      Peach
      Almond
      Light oily peat
      Mushrooms
      Amazing texture, perfect alcohol integration
    • Finish
      Long
      persistent
      Forest Notes
      Peat veil more present
      Light heat not at all spicy
      Orchard fruits

  10. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky, original and very waxy. Happy to have been able to taste a Brora. Thank you Alfgard for the sample =)

    89 + / 90- I was more expecting a kill but it's very good.
    • Nose
      A lot of wax, encaustic, exotic wood, some exotic fruits (passion, lime), orange zest, cake notes. End of glass on cold ashes, herbs. Nice oily character. A very encouraging first nose.
    • Taste
      Enough fat, little sweet, on shoe wax, exotic wood, a little citrus, a touch of herbs, traces of cocoa and spices. I have rarely tasted whisky as much on wax. Old Style? Alcohol very well integrated
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, wax, earth, a little ashes. Very long.

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