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Brora 3rd Release

Overall rating
93.08/100
votes
352
Whiskybase ID
WB427
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2004
Vintage
1974
Bottled
2004
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
56.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281018607
Added on
22 Sep 2007 8:08 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2900.98

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 3rd Release

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.08 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  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. DannyDram scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Strong, very balanced and delicate gradation of aromas. Outstanding Brora!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Fine peat, ginger, honey, some petrol, menthol, used leather, orange and lemon. High complexity, very well balanced at high intensity.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Fine smoke, citric, petroleum honey and variously spicy. Oily, creamy, warming, nice sweetness, very dense and full of body. Well balanced at very high intensity
    • Finish
      95 95
      Honey, smoke, citric, transformer lacquer. Strong, long, balanced finish

  5. 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

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A recognizable Brora profile. A fresh, juicy green apple that had just been cut and splashed with juice, lime honey, a little smoke in the distance. For some reason, I remembered the movie Terrence Malick Days of Heaven. And I understood why it is-the field flavors pop up in the juice itself-when the harvest is being harvested. And in the same weather that was in the movie.
    • Nose
      91 91
      So, a fresh green juicy apple, a little later lime honey, a little bit of bitterness from the seeds of this apple, a little dry stems.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is sweet, honey, early autumn, yellow ripe fruit. The same subtle bitterness from the seed, the imperishable sweetness. Perfect taste.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The aftertaste is sweet, fruity, turning into a small smoke, the ash from a cigarette, which you tried to treat heartburn.

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. bcrossan scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Great farminess. Lots of peat. Amazing balance. Could drink this forever

  9. bcrossan scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Amazing complexity. Just the right amount of peat and funk. Great mouth feel and bite

  10. JeanChan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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