Brora 2nd Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2007 8:08 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2142.34

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 2nd Release

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  A career/investment decision I took about 20 years ago finally paid off now and secured my future pension plan.  So I am in the extremely lucky position to open and drink all the bottles that were earmarked as a backup for my pension age so far.  Tonight I am in the mood to open this old Brora with bottle no. 1852 that I bought for 185 Euro in June, 2005.  And I still remember these 30-years old Brora releases from 2002/3 were the first bottlings that I found clearly overpriced upon their release (I asked my dealer if he went greedy…) so I bought them some years later at a more reasonable price (and after I checked their quality in tastings).  I guess everyone would love to buy these bottles at their release price nowadays.  Why?  This is food for thought…

    This is (as expected) another fantastic Brora from the best times of this distillery.  Aged 30-years and bottled in 2003 it looks as if this is a 1973 vintage but I doubt:  In the early seventies the Brora distillery was simply named Clynelish too (internally) and the casks were stamped either Clynelish-A (for the modern Clynelish distillery) or Clynelish-B (for the old Brora distillery).  But in 1973 the processes did not work and either they just stamped all casks Clynelish only or they mingled the naming altogether - that is why Diageo decided to market all Clynelish/Brora casks from 1973 as Clynelish only (or have you ever come across a 1973 Brora?).  So I guess this bottling contains casks from 1972 (or earlier) because the Diageo managers are risk-avers in such matters, usually.  But I could not care less if the result is that excellent (and the 1972 vintage is believed to be the best of Brora, in general). 

    PS:  Today I find the price I paid in 2005 very appropriate for a dram of this quality.
    • Nose
      95 95
      The colour is amber and the texture shows small sticky tears that consolidate to a fat sticky ring that moves downward simply as a ring (what a great oiliness). The nose offers an adorable peaty-fruity-honeyed Brora profile at its best, absolutely clean, complex and balanced.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is bold and unbelievable complex with all the flavours you wish to find in an old Brora. And it shows grace and dignity (if a taste can be that way). Many, many layers in there that just wait to be detected and enjoyed. Some water unlocks more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate while keeping this amazing balance and elegance of the profile. I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The mouthfeel is just like the texture promised: great with an instantly warming coating of all parts of the mouth and no distracting moment whatsoever. This is excellent stuff, indeed! The finish is very long and even sweeter than the taste with nice nectar and spicy wooden notes (in addition to all what was in the taste already).

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    This is what I dreamed of when I heard about how great Brora is. And it's quite the trip. A very unique experience and well worth the money for such a bottle. Fantastic stuff!!!
    Sample courtesy of hs305.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very rich, full and complex with sweet earthiness, sweet vegetation, with old barely sugars, very thick nosing with hints of framy notes, lemon grass, damp-hay and much more that I can't describe. I've added a single drop of water to my last sip, and can't stop nosing this baby!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Unbelievable good! Thick very thick and delicious, peat, old honey, some barn flavouring, lemon, underling-saltiness and a bit of intermingled spiciness. Added a drop of water and it accentuates the farminess without adding much else. I prefer it without any water.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and very pleasing. Sweet peat with some smokiness on the backend and old-honey-fruit.

  3. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Wow did this meet my expectations in light of its spectacular reputation!

    On the nose, lots of orange, some fresh grass after a night of rain, wax, citrus! Fresh orange juice without any hints of sourness. With time, the peat is accentuated with cinnamon and some honey.

    The palate explodes with orange as the nose foreshadows. Zesty lemon can also be found in the background. The classic Brora waxiness is also apparent throughout. What a elegantly complex beast! With time, the oiliness is amplified by ten-folds, fully coating the mouth with plentiful body.

    The finish is medium length and quite dry and spicy. And yes the oily coating does stick around for a bit. Indeed, this is quite the treat. Some elusive smokiness can also be found.

    All in all, this is truly a gorgeous and elegant bottling of a legendary and closed distillery. Yes, Brora is often given high praise. And yes, it deserves every bit of it.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    very tasty nose and great 70s style of the year, with very high flavor density
    • Nose
      95 95
      Sweet grass, waxy, furniture polish, fine wood notes like old dry pews, old smoke, nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon, jelly banana, AfterEight, tropical sweet fruits, dried pineapple, papaya, mango, crystalline lemon, orange blossom, jasmine flowers

      wonderful seductive multi-layered, closely interwoven and vibrant vibrant nose
    • Taste
      93 93
      light fruity, exotic, sweet with a fine citrus infusion and crystalline lemon - antique oak furniture, furniture polish, nutmeg, tobacco, some cigarette ash, mint,
    • Finish
      91 91
      long balsamic soft, a spicy wax film is on the tongue, some cigarette ash, salt liquorice, a little cow dung with Niveacreme

  5. toklian scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    N23 P24 F23 B24

    It worth leaving that Brora a year in a half-bottle sample to enjoy its brilliancy after!

    This bottle showed me why Brora is so high-rated!

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Great malt! Price unfortunately beyond good and evil! I'm glad that I was allowed to try it!
    • Nose
      Subtle, pleasant smoke, fresh, fruity, licorice, musty cellar, a splash of lemon, a few oranges, salty sea breeze, algae, pineapple, pear juice, grass, spices behind, wax Great! Everything is well interwoven, and constantly discovering something new!
    • Taste
      Bam! Strong start! Oily, salty, warming, smoke, tar, ginger sweets, black tea with lemon and honey, licorice, candle wax, fruity and bittersweet, bitter lemon, nutmeg and dark chocolate,
    • Finish
      Long, warm and spicy, smoke, liquorice, ash, nutmeg and dark chocolate

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 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.

    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

    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.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Superb stuff, for some reason never did a note for the 2003,top drawer.

    With water

    Nose is similar but the palate is even better lovely mix of cream, peat and fruit, just great
    • Nose
      Mango, plum, gooseberry, peat, biscuit, fresh earth,
    • Taste
      Mouth filling, the tongue gets coated then the peat explodes on your tongue but there is some nice fruit in the mix, on tangy plum and juicy raisin.

      The peat, is there but well balanced
    • Finish
      Huge and the sweet fruit grows

  9. mamay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    When you drink this whisky and look around, I want to ask yourself the question - Why is there so little good in life? On the other hand - rejoice as it is. The rich smell of prunes, sufficient viscosity and density, the finish - was expecting slender, turned out to be softer and elegant. I will not speak about the price, as they say - you are dreaming for money nyslovo - 92 points

  10. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Awesome character!
    A harmonious yet powerful affair. Such Broras / Clynelishes / Sutherlanders can no longer be found nowadays.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Old Longrow or Ledaig? Well, that citrus smoke-based, earthy nose might suggest so. There is a heavy oiliness underneath, maritime with tarred ropes, fishing cutters etc., but also dark fir honey notes - aha, but Brora :)
      Over time, sea lavender blossoms, sunlit clay, definitely very appealing!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Slightly peppery noble oil, viscous, allows all the aromas of the nose to melt gently in the mouth, wonderfully buttery (Ellen von Port beckons from afar), and the spicy, wood-smoky side comes out, but remains in perfect balance with the fruit .
    • Finish
      92 92
      Wow, everything stays ultra long on the tongue and on the palate, what an intense experience, now peat aromas are added until the olle Pamplemuse dissolves after a few minutes and later in lemon curd or lemon cake enjoyed on the coast .


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