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Brora 3rd Release

Overall rating
93.65/100
votes
288
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1974
Bottled
2004
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
56.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2007 8:08 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2.697,49

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288 × member ratings

353 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 3rd Release

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.65 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Moderator

    Really, I can claim to have tasted the best Ardbegs around and I would actually add this one to the list. But it's Brora and one of the best too - of course one of my favorites!
    • Nose
      Rich, complex, honey, leathery, tropical fruits, and very special dragon fruit (with this little moldy touch), later on fresh citrus fruits, woody notes and so on... - Excellent!
    • Taste
      Very oily, thick, creamy, liquorice and an attack of peat and smoke - reminds me on some of the best Ardbegs. Nice sweetness balanced with some woody notes, citrusy and lemony notes - Superb!

      With water more peat and smoke comes out but also more lemony, fruitiness
    • Finish
      Long, warm and peaty, smoky

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Just tried the 1972 40 year Travel retail 59.1% OB so I thought I would do a head to head against the 2004 which is by common consent probably the peatiest of the official releases. Luckily I saved a bit from my last bottle.

    I think the nose on the 2004 is just about perfect, there is more peat on the palate on the 2004 30 year but the 1972 40 year has a little more depth of profile.

    I think the scores I gave them both of 95 each is fair when compared together on taste, there is really nothing in it other but the fact that you can buy 7 or 8 2004 30 year for the price of a single 40 year puts it into perspective.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Most of these Brora releases can take a lot of water and it definitely is worth playing around with different amounts. That's one of the reasons for my unusually high score, that this malt is not just uncommonly complex but highly entertaining too.
    • Nose
      The style in this one is oily, leathery weirdness like a saddlebag full of old tools. There is a perfume-y twist to the 2004 that makes the nose more 'full' or pungent than the 2006. It reminds me of an incense shop or some scent that would be marketed with a bullshit bingo of orientalism. Adding some water makes it disappear. This one's as deeply pounding on the wonderful peatiness as the 2006 but maybe a little 'wider'. There is some tropical fruit (mango?) in the background that is absolutely delicious, a juicy sugary note balancing the leathery turfiness.  
    • Taste
      First I thought I gave it too much water already because it took a while to develop into full form on the tongue. This peat burn that comes in late is  immense. It just stands right up and punches the roof of the mouth with this astounding soot blast. Some carbon and bone dry old wood. The constantly repeated descriptor 'oily' is so very accurate here. It's the oil & grease that put everything together in the body. Unlike the oiliness of crappy blends which serves as insulation between you and the whisky's actual taste this just takes control of the entire mouth and distributes the power evenly across the palate, then helps it sink in. Less wax and more citrus and herbs than in 2006.
    • Finish
      This one needs quite a lot of water to open up but it has immense depth and power hiding in it. The finish just goes on and on and on with the soot acquiring a coppery edge while receeding from more oily to a more woody sensation.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    WoW just did a blind tasting of that one and thought it was an early 70s single cask ardbeg! It has been said again and again but that’s one of the most beautiful whisky ever bottled, the precision is amazing

  5. troyk890 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    My favorite of the special releases I've tried.

  6. daverdaz scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Out of 9 high scoring bottles on the base this Brora came in 7th, still a very good dram bearing in mind the competition. 

    The highest rated whisky on WB was 3rd. 

    Result    1 - Glenfiddich  1956 Intertrade 

    2nd -  Glenlochy 1965 SV   

    3rd - Springbank 1969 SV   

    4th -  Black Bowmore 1st edition  

    5th - Blair Athol MI   

    6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium   

    7th - Brora 2004   

    8th - Glenglassaugh   

    9th - Glendronach 

    Full details on `The head to head whisky thread for tastings (H2H)`. dated 20th August 2017  https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

  8. Sidney87 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 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.

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

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