Brora 1st Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Sep 2007 11:48 pm

Average value

€ 3065.12

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187 × member ratings

287 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 1st Release

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.42 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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. 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.

    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-bicentenary

    Guess what, I enjoyed this evening very much (thanks for that, Roland & Carsten!)...

  3. newman346 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Kunugi sap, apricot and plum jam, peat smoke, caramel coffee.
    Seawater iodine, crisp, chewy wheat, cheese, lapsan souchon, euphoric beeswax.
    Smooth and powerful finish.

    A whisky with a unique taste, with a sap of sap that seems to be Kleinleish, a grainy graininess and a unique habit, even if you drink it again.

    It is a favorite type of whisky, and you can drink the official 1st release, which is becoming an illusion in the world, at a low price on a regular basis, making you feel happy.

    It is 52.4% in Cask Strength, which is quite high proof as aged for 30 years, so it has not been settled even after 16 years, and it is still time to drink.

    It was a wonderful old style flora with a solid feeling.


  4. autowatch092 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark gold
    Nose: Honey, bees wax, orange zest, hints of nutmeg and a whiff of smoke. Later a certain brininess evolves.
    Palate: Gentle peat, apples, orange zest, grapefruit, walnuts, nutmeg, hints of white pepper.
    Finish: Very long, fruity, slightly dry and spicy.
    Overall: This malt is infinetely complex, the tasting notes just capture the principal flavours, there are many more minor aromas to discover. The wood remains gentle and adds even more depth.

  5. Erik1908 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This whisky was part of a lineup which you can only dream of. For me it was one of the winners. Never tasted a Brora before. I had expected something close to Clynelish. As such I was fully surprised by the unexpected peat nose and taste. Islay-peat is something I do not like, but this whisky is simply brilliant.

    Peat is nicely integrated. This Brora needs some time in the glass. And we unfortunately could not give it that time. Spices, wood and elegant peat enter the stage from all directions.

    Finish is unbelievably long.

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Stunning dram! At first it didn’t meet up with the high expectations I had for a cult whisky like Brora. BUT, add a few drops of water, give it time and magic will happen. My god what a dram reveals! Exactly like Robbie stated below, the way that the fruitiness balances the peat is remarkable. This whisky has it all. There is so much finesse going on inhere. The peat is so subtle and adds another dimension instead of taking over control. It gives this whisky a remarkable depth and an intense, complex body.

  7. RobbievdBrink scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This Brora is astonishing! The amount of sweet fruits that counterbalance the active peat (so lively after 30years..!) equals perfect balance. Flavor, body, alcohol integration, balance, this Brora is near perfection. This is the second best whisky I've ever tasted.

  8. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Try blind.

    A very nice, full of character, intense powerhouse. Very balanced, does not need water. I really like it very well, the aroma is enormously exciting and independent. Great stuff.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Very dense and compact. Vanilla, a little smoke, lots of honey, farm, first candles and later beeswax, hay, some bright fruits (peach, yellow plums), almonds. Very deep. Oscillates. Very nice nose.
      Could I smell endless, even from the empty glass for ever with the same intensity!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Dense, powerful, very concentrated and dense. Fine sweetie. Fine smoke in the background. Lanolin / white wax, white pepper, also candle wax, spices (cinnamon, cardamom), a few ripe apricots.
      Full body, intense aromas.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Fine smoke, intense, very long and persistent. Harmonious and with a lot of substance. Hay, farm, wax and again the fine spices. Warms up deeply.

  9. 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 !

  10. 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.


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