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Brora 1st Release

Overall rating
92.56/100
votes
156
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

€ 2404,19

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1
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Category Rating
Nose
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Taste
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Finish
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Balance
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Tastingtags

26 Notes

didi1893
Expert Senior didi1893 Tasting note
11 Jul 2017 11:54 pm
didi1893 gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Tief dunkles Bernstein schimmert geheimnisvoll im Glas. Nach dem Schwenken haben sich klebrige Schlieren an der Glaswand gebildet, ölige und zähle Tropfen lösen sich langsam heraus und fliesen schier unendlich ins Glas zurück. Mineralische Noten heben sich kraftvoll aus dem Glas, das steinige und dezent lehmige Aroma vermischt sich sofort mit intensiven Orangenaromen und sauren Zitrusfrüchten. Vanille und ein Hauch Karamell steigt aus der intensiven Fruchtmischung, Lederaromen kommen zur Geltung und werden intensiver. Süßliche Tabakblätter zeigen sich bevor eine Prise Meerwasser plötzlich aus dem Glas weht. Salzkörner fallen auf Apfelscheiben, süßer Sirup tropft auf den torfigen Boden, ein Anklang von frischer Minze und tropischen Früchten vermischt sich mit der vielschichtigen und kraftvollen Nase. Süßer Honig und herbe Grapefruit wechseln sich ab, der Speichelfluss wird massiv angeregt. Ich will den Brora endlich probieren!

Taste

Würzige Holzelemente und herbe Fruchtaromen dominieren den ersten Schluck, cremig ruht der Brora für einen kurzen Moment auf der Zunge. Sekunden später füllt sich der komplette Mundraum mit hölzerner und dezent pfefferiger Schärfe. Der Speichelfluss wird nun noch mehr angeregt, das Wasser läuft mir wahrhaftig im Mund zusammen. Herbes Walnussaroma vermischt sich im Anschluss mit dezent bitteren Grapefruit- und Zitronenaromen. Die bitteren und herben Aromen klingen langsam ab, ein salziger Geschmack umhüllt die Zunge. Beim zweiten Schluck dominieren wieder kurz würzige Eichennoten welche dann in ein cremiges Mundgefühl übergehen. Die Schärfe ist nach dem zweiten Schluck intensiver und kraftvoller. Pfeffer, Salz und trockene Holzscheite heizen dem Mund ordentlich ein und wollen eigentlich gar nicht mehr abklingen. Im Hintergrund liegen Grapefruit und Zitronen, eine dezente Tabak- und Ledernote ist ebenfalls vorhanden.

Finish

Minuten später klingt die Schärfe des Geschmacks jetzt doch langsam ab und hinterlässt dezent herbe Holzelemente im Gaumen. Auf der Zunge liegt eine Schicht Zitrone und Salz, altes Walnussaroma vermischt sich mit trockenem Holz und eine dezente Torf-Rauch-Note verströmt ein angenehmes und molliges Mundgefühl. Die salzige Zitrone ist erstaunlicherweise noch immer sehr präsent. Langsam klingen die wunderbar harmonischen Aromen aus, der Brora und sein wunderbares Aroma bleiben jedoch langer in Erinnerung.

Comments

Wow, wow, wow! Was für ein toller und vielschichtiger Tropfen! Die Nase brennt ein wahres Feuerwerk der Aromen ab und ist unglaublich vielschichtig und abwechslungsreich. Im Geschmack ist von der Fruchtigkeit der Nase leider nicht mehr viel zu spüren. Dafür lassen die herben und würzigen Holzelemente in Kombination mit Schärfe und Salz die Geschmacksknospen tanzen. Dies war mein erster Brora und gleich ein solcher Knaller. Diesen Traumwhisky zu toppen wird schwer! Wahnsinn!

☆☆☆ Fassstarker Typ ☆ Es ist ein langer Weg zum Whisky-Experten - aber es ist eine schöne Zeit bis dahin! ☆ Fassstarker Typ ☆☆☆
wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Note
31 Jan 2018 1:14 pm

Au nez,du foin aromatisé,puis la tourbe très légère tirant vers une fumée sèche,ensuite des fruits dans les agrumes un peu macérés,d'autres fruits plus exotiques et quelques épices débordant de saveur.

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St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
05 May 2017 9:17 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Deep copper
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.

Comments

Exceptional quality, I am very happy that I had the pleasure to taste this dram.

Cheers! Paul
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
02 May 2017 12:41 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 95 points

[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-bicentenary

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

There is no accounting for taste...
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
27 Apr 2017 11:44 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 91 points
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.
Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
01 Apr 2017 11:25 am
Allandale gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Amontillad
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.

Comments

A light but firm body.

MrRancho
Expert Senior MrRancho Tasting note
30 Oct 2016 6:50 pm
MrRancho gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Ein wunderbarer Mix aus ziemlich Vielem: Rauch, Frucht, Meerwasser, Zitrone, Blüten, kandiertes Obst, roter Apfel, Gras, Heu, Leder, Minze, Fleischbrühe, ganz leicht Sherry, etwas Vanille und Pfeifentabak, Mango, Papaya. Es hört nicht auf! Je länger man riecht umso mehr kommt raus, unglaublich!

Taste

Eiche, Rauch, Salz, Zitrone, scharfer Alkohol. Sehr trocken, die Frucht ist praktisch nicht mehr da. Im Gegensatz zur vielschichtigen Nase ist der Geschmack klar, abgegrenzt und geradlinig. Aber Moment! Mit Wasser kommt wieder das Potpourri der Nase - ja gibt's denn das!

Finish

Mittellang nach Rauch und Eiche.

Comments

Potzblitz, ist das einer! Hat mehr als ich je erkennen könnte. Hat für mich Parallelen zu alten Taliskern, wenn der Brora auch ein Quentchen 'mehr' mitbringt.

Liberezlatourbe
Expert Senior Liberezlatourbe Tasting note
03 Aug 2016 10:38 pm
Liberezlatourbe gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Très fermier
Voile de tourbe
Forêt
Champignons
Fruits du verger
Miel
Cire
Fraîcheur mentholée
Saucisse de Morteau

Taste

Sève de pin
Miel
Pêche
Amande
Légère tourbe grasse
Champignons
Texture incroyable, intégration de l'alcool parfaite

Finish

Longue
Persistante
Notes forestières
Voile de tourbe grasse plus présent
Légère chaleur pas du tout épicée
Fruits du verger

Comments

EXCEPTIONNEL

My Collection My samples are those I've tasted. My real bottles are the others. My Market
Ivynor
Expert Senior Ivynor Tasting note
31 Jul 2016 11:30 am
Ivynor gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Beaucoup de cire, encaustique, bois exotique, un peu de fruits exotiques (passion, citron vert), des zestes d'oranges, notes de gâteau. Fin de verre sur les cendres froides, les herbes. Caractère huileux agréable. Un premier nez très encourageant.

Taste

Assez gras, peu sucré, sur la cire à chaussure, le bois exotique, un peu d'agrumes, une touche herbacée, traces de cacao et des épices. J'ai rarement goûté un whisky autant sur la cire. Old Style ? Alcool très bien intégré

Finish

Chocolat noir, cire, terre, un peu de cendres. Très long.

Comments

Très bon whisky, original et très cireux. Heureux d'avoir pu goûter un Brora. Merci Alfgard pour le sample =) 

89 + / 90-   Je m'attendais plus à une tuerie mais c'est très bon.

Man of Skye
Member Senior Man of Skye Note
23 Jun 2016 7:18 pm

Whiskyfun/Serge: "Brora 30 yo 2002 Edition (52.4%, OB, 3000 bottles) - no notes - 91"

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