Brora 12th Release

Overall rating
92.28/100
votes
312
Whiskybase ID
WB44424
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2013
Vintage
1977
Bottled
28.05.2013
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
2944
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L3148LS000
Barcode
5000281033860
Added on
09 sep 2013 12:34 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 5566.08

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Whisky reviews for Brora 12th Release

55 users have left 58 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.28 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The balance is what I'm most impressed with here, as has been the case before with these official releases.
    • Nose
      Supremely balance with just a whiff of wood smoke, but mainly apricots and candle wax, with a whisper of damp oak and furniture polish. Then oranges and lime, followed by some pink grapefruit. It has a lovely minerality to it as well. Hints of ozone too.
    • Taste
      Quite salty, with whispers of peat smoke and seaweed. Wet rocks too. Some chargrilled lemons and grapefruit, as well as black pepper, ginger and chalk. A good amount of leather. Fairly different from the nose, I'd say.
    • Finish
      Lingering spiciness, some menthol. A tad dry.

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  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Many users write here that this was the best whisky they have ever had. I was allowed to taste this whisky yesterday as a blind sample and I was aware that something must be from "the old, the legendary shit", because I would also say that of the more than 1,000 whiskys that I have tasted, this is one of the three best so far.

    A second dram today, to substantiate yesterday's impressions.
    • Nose
      96 96
      You can't get your nose these days. Perfect balance, intensity and salty, maritime notes of a Highlander. There's a very subtle smoky note on the back that you mostly find in the old stuff from the 60's or 70's. So I guessed an old Highland Park, Bowmore or Clynelish; the very old Islay stuff is supposed to go in that direction too, but I can't answer that reliably.

      Full body, nice waxiness, the effervescent fruitiness of legendary old stuff, a golden sweetness of pineapple and a sweet Sauterness of extremely high quality. Smelling it, I also think that is whisky history and not really found today, specifically referring to that vibrant fruity cocktail and the subtle notes in between. This is a 35 year old whisky and yet so lively and fresh. I can't find any wood here.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The palate is super intense with edgy yet intense fruit notes from a mix of Highland whisky and very old Islay. Here you can find - fortunately also light wood notes from the barrels - and a little more peat smoke (but still no comparison to today's peat monsters, where the smoke is present in all respects.)

      The second sip starts again with a dancing fruit cocktail and a tick of sea salt breeze.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The finish is long, very long. I still have it on my palate after 20 minutes, at least in my memory. The mouthfeel is close to perfect, because the aromas fill the entire palate in many layers and are able to maintain the necessary intensity at almost 50 percent.

      No tannins or bitterness really.

  4. geriud scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Very mineral, lots of maritimes noes, fruity, waxy. You can recognize deeper, more concentrated aromas: salt, apples, pears, citrus, dominant grapefruit, candle wax, malt, somewhat farmy character comes up by time. The peatiness is almost hidden in the nose, at least at the beginning. Very complex nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Incredibly waxy, minerals, sea salt, honey, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium to long. Fruity aromas remained, became more dominant in the end. After couple of minutes even peat is recognizable, but very slightly.

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Waxy,Farmy,Fruits,Complex…
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. steinrich scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    The best whisky I've had the pleasure of drinking so far. A unique experience. These old Brora bottlings can't be compared to anything else I've had until now... Fantastic :D
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Brora Tasting:
    In direct comparison with Brora WB3240
    and Brora WB154763. Simply legendary!! Thank you guys!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. Patrick93 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Wow what a whisky! The best I've ever drunk!!!!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. ARDBERG scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  11. Man of Skye scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Review by Serge:

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivedecember13-2.html#201213

  12. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    1705 Euro at whiskyauction June 2021

  13. lucero scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Valérie scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    This has probably ruined my palate and nose for the sub 86 whiskies. The depth and nuance of the nose and the integrity of the palate and the trip the finish took me on is unmatched by my previous tastings. I tasted this next to the Clynelish 14 and Lagavulin 2020 special release 12 year old. Both are flat soft drinks compared to this beauty. And I normally like them both very much and score them both above 86
    • Nose
      95 95
      At first some apple juice, white cherries and yellow raspberries, salt brine and almond oil. As it opens the pear wafts up, brambles, green olives, brush fire and wet logs, coal and coal oil. Wax and walnut oil, some dried seaweed on the edges of the nose. After some time there is a distinct change away from the light fruits and some richness and sharpness of cranberry juice is detectable. And at the base there is leather, wood glue, caraway seeds, grandpa’s coat closet, wood shavings. The high notes sometimes hint at artichokes and crushed carrot greens.

      With water the coal and wet brushfire surges, and then wooden tool boxes, wood paneled closets, very old cedar medicine cabinet, and then shockingly about 3 minutes of rosewood, dried hibiscus and rose petal oil, which eventually gave way to oak, camphor, boxwood hedges, and some fish oil.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, thick, licorice, a touch of mint, sweet malteasers, and a very good Chardonnay. Some artichoke and carrot greens? A nice contrasting high note there. With water the licorice goes a bit and the mint stays, coal and basement dust.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The finish for me was intense cocoa beans, some coffee, small mints and powder candies, followed by a long leather note, a touch of iodine and powdery candies, and it lasts forever.

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very fresh, citrusy and poweful but not too complex, actually missing some of the typical Brora notes like smoky, minerals or meaty - anyhow very drinkable and good!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Citrusy, vanilla, honey, yellow fruits, also some minerals, seabreeze, little iodine, fine oak wood, hints of prune and apricot - very good
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, fresh, fruity, subtle sweetness, lots of citrus fruits, lemon, little orange, also some pineapple, more oak wood, spices, white pepper, little ginger - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, burning, zesty, spicy, little more vanilla notes

  17. Whisky_in_Saxony scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    unbelievable fantastic whisky

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [May 2020] Tonight I am in the mood for a special (read: excellent) dram and so I selected this fine Brora release (thanks VVP!). Most people do not know that there was never ever any distillery called Brora that produced any whisky. Here is the story:

    What now is called the Brora distillery was named Clynelish all through its lifetime. From 1819 until May 1968 there was just one Clynelish distillery but in 1968 a new heavily expanded distillery (three times the capacity of the old one) started its production on the same site and the old distillery was mothballed (intentionally forever). But all of a sudden, a severe drought hit Islay for several years (that is why there are hardly any Islay distillery bottlings of the vintages 1969-1971 out there). So, the brand owner DCL was afraid of running short of peated malt for its blends (among them Johnny Walker) in the future and looked for alternative production sites of peated malt.

    They remembered the recently mothballed old Clynelish distillery and resumed production there with unusually heavily-peated malt (compared to the standard Clynelish recipe) in 1969. Internally they named the distilleries just Clynelish-A and Clynelish-B, but they had an inconsistent cask stencilling regime in place until 1974 so (later) they could not be sure whether a cask was filled with malt from Clynelish-A or Clynelish-B. This did not matter as all malt went into blends anyways but when they decided to bottle single malt releases too, they faced problems: They marketed the old distillery malt (Clynelish-B) simply with the name of the town the distilleries are located in: Brora. But to avoid potential claims all malt from "questionable stencilled" casks (e.g., the complete 1973 vintage) was marketed as Clynelish only (which is true anyways) so some Clynelish releases of the vintages prior to 1974 might actually be Brora malt.

    DCL used the drought period on Islay to demolish the old Caol Ila distillery and build a new distillery with much higher capacity on the same site which started production in 1974. From that time on the heavily peated malt of the old Clynelish distillery (aka Brora) was no longer needed and they gradually reduced the peating levels at Brora to the standard Clynelish profile during the next years (that is why the later Brora vintages taste completely different to the early ones). And with the beginning of the whisky crisis in 1983 the old Clynelish distillery was shut down again together with dozens of other distilleries in Scotland.

    So, remember: Any Clynelish distilled before 1968 is actually a Brora (distilled in the old Clynelish distillery). Some Clynelish of pre-1974 vintages might be a Brora (you will taste the difference due to the higher peating levels, for sure) and most Brora after 1978 actually own rather a lightly-peated profile and hence taste more like a Clynelish.

    Got confused? Simply read this again, in the end it is quite logical given the driving business forces of those times.

    So, I expect this dram to be a kind of transitional Brora - not as heavily peated as the early vintages (until 1975) but still significantly heavier than the later Clynelish-alikes of the 80ies vintages...

    ...and indeed, it is exactly such a profile, and it is flabbergasting! These transitional profiles sometimes are truly great when they combine the best of both worlds like this one. It offers aspects of the untamed power of the early vintages as well as the subtleness and complexity of the later ones (okay, the early vintages were incredibly complex too). A fantastic dram and if any dram is worth a four-digit price tag than this one is (and you still can find a bottle close to the initial market price, with a little luck).

    [October 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my review and score. This is as complex, balanced and impressive as any whisky connoisseurs dream of. Is it worth that many bucks? Come on...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is old gold, and this dram offers an incredible nose, triple wow! Of course, I use a big spheric blenders glass which offers a myriad of aromas right from the beginning. The peat is (as expected) not as strong as with the 1972-75 vintages but still it is significant and of a flabbergasting complexity. There are even maritime notes in there (did they use Islay peat?) and the usual (very delicious) heavy waxy notes. Besides this there are grapefruits, liquorice, hints of tar, kippers and even some winey impressions. Truly great stuff, a nose to sniff forever! And it improves further with breathing so take your time with this dram.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Now I switch to a standard Glencairn glass for drinking (never drink out of blender's glasses because they turn all drams to taste somewhat flat and dull, not sure why, but it is as it is). The taste is multi-multi layered and a must-chewer! All the different flavour march along my taste buds as if they were on a Mardi Gras parade - dancing and flirting and ... enjoying themselves (and me). No, I do not list all these impressions here as it is much more fun to detect them one after one without preoccupation. Water releases more earthy-chalky aromas in the nose and dozens of new impressions on the palate - I enjoy this dram both neat and somewhat reduced (another characteristic of truly great malts).
    • Finish
      94 94
      This malt arrives absolutely charming on the palate - one of the best mouth feelings I ever had. Instantly it coats all of the mouth with a creamy and warming texture without any distracting bitter or astringent moment at all. The finish is very long (what else given this texture) and adds some more tasty smoky and winey impressions, what an unusual combo. Again, not the slightest distracting moment, these were perfectly matured casks (and a great selection by - whoever did this - at Diageo).

  19. leapfrogboi scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Nose: As waxy as a crayon, is the impression I’ve got with the first sniff of this beautiful Brora. Peaty notes are also present. Second sniff, a tropical fruit explosion! Led by mango with some citrus notes that paints a picture of a tropical paradise (much needed imagery with social distancing rules...). A whipped cream like sweetness can also be found upon further inspection. With water: earthy tones are more prominent as a tea-like richness begin to develop that blends extremely well with the existing fruitiness

    Palate: First greeted by a gentle wave of peat that is soon overwhelmed by the tropical fruits led by marmalade, dried mango, and lemon. Earthy notes such as wax, grass and chenpi (sun-dried tangerine peel) can also be detected after the citrus notes. Towards the end, a rich creamy vanilla profile binds these fruity and earthy notes together, absolutely stunning palate that is a perfect balance of all these flavors. With water: the sweetness and fruitiness are taken to another level, developing cognac like peel flavors along with the likes of pineapple cakes.

    Finish: Long and lingers, the waxy notes fades first, followed by the citrus notes, then the honey sweetness, leaving the sweet and sour peat behind reminding you of all the beautiful things this dram carries until you take another sip.

    A complex yet balanced whisky, what a delight!

  20. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

  21. Kawa_ZX6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    harareold: stopp pushing prices!!!!

  22. Shmirns scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Every time I take a sip of this whisky, there is such a whirl wind of flavours and impressions and memories, that I involuntarily murmur the word, "Wow." This is one of the few quite perfect drams I have ever had. The marinara/oyster sweetness in the finish is what really kills me, which counter-balances the dark, brooding smokiness of the nose effortlessly and without conflict.

  23. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    This is my second dram after opening this bottle three weeks ago; seems a little less spectacular than when first opened. It's very good, but a lot is missing compered to the Brora 2nd Release https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/426/brora-2nd-release I had just six months ago.

    This one is a little peppery with a touch of bitterness on both the palate and the finish, which I did not expect, nor is it something that works very well.

    With all these 95+ ratings on this release I expected much more pleasant tasting notes (which are few and fleeting), without the peppery and bitterness that can't be ignored. To each his-own.

    Had my third dram this evening May 19 2019 five weeks after opening, and its improved quit a bit. I can now tell I'm drinking a Brora. It''s really opened up, there is still a bit of heat on the nose and palate but the bitterness is gone that I got in both the palate and finish the first two times. It's very good, still a far cry from the 2nd-release in terms of quality, complexity and immense flavour. But it's a joy to nose and drink. I'll be sealing this at 2/3 full and come back to it in 11 months time.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I like it a lot because it's about the most fruity and light Brora I've had so far. Fits very well with the rest of the notes.
    • Nose
      Great wild farm apples, yellow and red, Boskop fresh from the tree, heather meadow, leather, quince, vanilla, herbal honey and toffee, lavender, rosemary, malt and oak, a little grapefruit peel, touch of salt
    • Taste
      Leather, heather meadow, wild honey, grapefruit and beautiful orange, pineapple even and lime, dark malt, chocolate chips, green apple later, salty chips, lavender, fennel, green tea, roiboos, sweet licorice
    • Finish
      Tea, malt, fine tannins, heather meadow, a little smoke, herb honey, long

  27. waal scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Brora 35yo 12th Edition, 49.9% ABV, WID: 44424 https://www.whiskybase.com/.../whisky/44424/brora-12th-release #WagnerAlexTastingNotes First impression: The American Refill Bourbon Barrels have given the 35-year-old Brora an ocher color. Or not? Lt. Information from the internet was also colored this malt. Exactly I do not know it unfortunately. The Brora runs slightly oily down the glass wall. So he will hopefully also present on the palate. Aroma: Vanilla and moderate smoke are spreading. Malty scent and sweet honey play a role as well as the light and pleasant spice of the oak barrels. Whether I like it or not, this malt first reminds me of a whisky from Highland Park. I did not expect that ;-) Taste: A moderate onset (the kanpp 50% ABV are perfect) leads slightly oily to pleasant honey sweetness, the light smoke and a certain soft maritime touch. Everything is perfectly connected and wonderfully complex. A fantastic treat! finish: The medium-long finish is again maritime and sounds with sweet, smoky spice from the barrels. What remains is the anticipation of the next sip. Comment: This Brora 35yo 12th Edition is a crafted perfect Scotch whisky. You should not expect too much. I mean, all of a sudden you do not have any wonderful secretive powers after tasting this malt and the sun does not explode, but the malt just succeeded. Very, very well done. I'm curious how he will perform in the blind tasting, which I'll do sometime in the coming weeks with it. Oh yes - Edding and furniture polish, by the way, I could not determine with the best will. I tried - yes, really, but no. None of it existed for me. I mention this extra because I was "warned" of it in a dubious way. However, I have not found a single similar taste description in the big wide Internet. No idea what the whisky friend (and video blogger) had tasted there? Fortunately, I did not have it on my tongue or in my nose ;-) 91/100

  28. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Serious Brora. Rich fruitiness is a great match with the peat, smoke and the farmy notes.
    • Nose
      92 92
      At first we are feel the sweet waves. Pet and fruits: pineapple, pear, grape.
      Sour citruses. Stable. Pine forest. Salted sea air. Mustard and seaweed. Discrete smoke. Divine.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Powerful. Peat and smoke have a more role than the nose. Sweet fruity wave.
      Creamy sour citrused. Salted minerals. Honey. Cocoa and ash.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, smoky. But the other flavors are back in time.

  29. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It starts with a very fruity and fresh nose that I did not expect, almost like a Littlemill, but surprisingly good. In the mouth, it shows next to the fresh fruit notes and then harsher impressions. This increases again in the finish. The development makes the whisky exciting.
    • Nose
      Sweet, quince jelly, yellow apples, vanilla, some mirabelle, slightly acidic in the background, no smoke, very fruity, kirsch, a slightly grassy note, hay, at the end still another tart note, tangerine maybe
    • Taste
      Cool onset, light body, suddenly glowing after a gentle onset, first sweet and sour fruit, then, after the sharpness, suddenly drier, oak, an interplay between fruit and tart notes, in the second sip, delicate smoke appears.
    • Finish
      gentle oak and again a hint of smoke, then the aftertaste of bitter Nordic beer, mixed with sweet caramel, medium-long, only the bernernote will not go

  30. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Ranking: 1st mouth, 2nd nose and finish Only the mouth could really convince the nose has too little tension and the aromas are too artificial The finish is long but not very nice the mouth has tension is delicious and good
    • Nose
      typical Brora nose, quite sweetish, Quince jelly, herbs, vanilla, slightly artificial sweetness, Borage, vanilla pudding with a splash of kirsch Cornfield in summer - warm and slightly dusty very sweet tropical fruits and bright butterscotch
    • Taste
      he is oily gentle and suddenly hot and snappy becomes smoky fruity and melts chocolate soft on your tongue Rinse many sweet fruity aromas on your palate, in your cheeks its smoke in your mouth tastes of butter toffee and oak Malt tingles on your tongue like freshly brewed bright tart beer with sweet dark malt taste
    • Finish
      long Malty taste tart and sweet, some fruit dry stays slightly bitter

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Dark Brora
    I have had the pleasure of tasting the official releases from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Each and every one of them were absolutely fabulous with the 6th Release from 2006 as overall best. It will not surprise you that I am very much looking forward to trying this 12th Release from 2013 (and that has nothing to do with the fact that it was distilled in the year that Star Wars hit the silver screen).
    The nose is sweeter than anticipated with mashed banana, juicy pears and a truckload of pineapple (I am not kidding), grapefruit and waxed wooden floors. Brown sugar. Very waxy. In the background I detect a bit of cow stable, wet earth and sweet peat. Hint of sea breeze. A leaf of mint. Nice smoky touch, but less than in other releases, making it more accessible. Subtle salty edge. But the emphasis is clearly on the sweetness. Boy, this is a very complex animal.
    Nicely mouth coating and oily with dark fruits and chocolate up front, liquorice and smoked salmon in the middle, ashes and smoke in the back. Very complex and layered palate. Very spicy too. Mustard and pepper. Mild medicinal character. The smoke becomes grand.
    The finish should be called a finale. Everything returns once more and more (try saying that three times in a row!), with the smoke slowly clearling to allow the dark sweet fruit one more moment in the spotlights.
    Flabbergasting! I would describe this Brora as ‘dark’. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll agree, I’m sure. This bottle will set you back between 1500 and 2000 EUR today. Excuse me? Yup, it is the sad truth. Thanks for the sample, Robin!

  32. Bosi scored this whisky 97 points Specialist

    A fantastic whisky, certainly one of my top 3, which I had until now in the glass. The variety of different flavors, the wonderful taste and the very long finish make a world-class whisky. Of course this is also reflected in the price.
    • Nose
      The nose is breathtaking. I can recognize herbs and grasses, such as peppermint, moss and rosemary first. This is followed by the sweetness: brown sugar and vanilla. The age can be recognized by oak flavors. In the background a light smoke and a sea breeze resonates.
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is sweet at first. Malt and toffee are replaced by herbs and heather. The overall impression is musty in a positive sense. Even now you can taste oak and a little smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and surprisingly salty with woody notes and the ever-present herbal notes. The sweetness is now somewhat in the background.

  33. Thermidor scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky but 2004 and 2006 get one point more for the extra peat they have.
    • Nose
      Unusual, both sweetness and ammonia. Waxy, slightly citrusy. Some smoke but it's subtle rather than upfront. Breadiness, wooliness. When given some water and time I feel the fruity side becomes bolder, reminding me of the peatless/almost peatless G&M map label Broras. There's also this musty aroma like an old coat or something found in a horse stable. A bit of honey. Surprisingly little wood for such an old whisky. Ganja.
    • Taste
      Quite some alcohol burn with a spoonful of water. Doesn't feel like it's at its best neat although the ABV is under 50%. Lemon liquorice and tangerines. Great, in fact perfect body: No layering, it's all just one tasty mass. The peat was hiding when nosed but it's definitely here on the body and it seems to just get stronger the longer I hold the dram on my tongue. Aspirin. Something like Hermesetas tablets. And then peat, like a rope tarred in liquorice strangling my tastebuds.
    • Finish
      Waxy aftertaste. Fatty but not that oily. Old furniture and fur clothes in the afterwash - surprising since I don't usually expect those notes to come this late. Very lasting and leaves me wanting for more. 

  34. spigray scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    n: beeswax, minerals, oysters, a thread of smoke, a little bit of vanilla, slightly    
        farmy after 15 min. very coastal, slightly salty, complex but very fresh.
        this nose is just wonderful!!! could smell this one for hours.
    t:  oily, later waxy.
        beeswax with a hint of honey, grapefruit, fishcounter in a
        supermarket, beach, minerals, subtle smoke. again very deep but always fresh
        and appetising.
    f:  long, waxy, slightly salty

    comments: if i only could afford to buy a whole bottle!!!!!
    94/100

  35. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1170,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  36. Ragazzo scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Near to perfection to me...:-)

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The price point drags the review point down in reality I would put this at 88-89 not 86
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    On the nose it is more honeyed than before but water makes the bitterness is even more evident.

    It is pretty decent but far from perfect. I think the wood has got to it and the whisky was in the cask too long. I love Brora but this was a dissapointment.
    This cost £750 on release, its is not good enough by a long way, so I do not think I am being over critical
    This got many plaudits on its release, maybe I am am missing something, but some of the 30 year releases are much better than this IMHO.
    I hope that the remaining Brora stocks are bottled now, on this evidence.
    It will be interesting how this compares to the 2012 and the 2014?
    • Nose
      Quite sweet, honey, melon. menthol cough drops, cola cubes, stewed apples. Notes of furniture polish are the only negative.
    • Taste
      Its sweet but prickly alcohol wise, I would class it a smooth with a kick at the finish but there is also some bitterness.
      Taste wise I get bitter chocolate, faint hints of orange and honeycomb but the bitterness detracts from the enjoyment.
    • Finish
       Long.

  39. dicembre29 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Oh…dear…gawd. A waxy and earthy backdrop. Almost mushroom-like at first, before an explosion of softer creamy fruits. Clean hay. Yes, faintly peaty. Also faintly coastal. Pineapple and a bit of lemon. Sweet, soft baking notes. Some more semi-tropical orange fruits. Vanilla cream.

    Palate: A little more farmy now. Flinty and hints of oyster on the shell with a squeeze of lemon. Peat and a little bit of dry smoke. Licorice. Make that salt licorice. Pineapple again. Threads of vanilla and oak. A light toasted note. Grapefruit pith and peel (but not so much the fruit itself). Long, loooooong sweet finish. Utterly magic.

    Thoughts: Holy hell. I had high expectations, but they were not only exceeded, but blown away. A great malt. Simply incredible. Limited to 2,944 bottles.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=105

     

     

  40. Dionysus scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Can a whisky be even more perfectly balanced .... ???

    So far this is my best ever, I will cherish this bottle and empty it very patiently.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  41. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  42. tuntime scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Elegant, subtle, composed - a poem that rewards attention.

  43. zby0001 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    very good
    • Nose
      gentle smoky peat mixed with a little honey and wax with a sweet hawthorn, grapefruit, some fresh dry goods, walnuts, mixed with tropical fruit, melon, ripe oranges, crystal grapes, chestnuts, and some camphor and wool carpets, gentle but rich, excellent temperament. 
    • Taste
      rich grass coauthored tropical fruit, bacon, mango, melon, cucumber, sweet lemon, ripe apple, honey and oil together with a sense of turning into a sea salt, little by peat, is pepper, and finally some mint. In this rich layers near-perfect balance seems to be dispensable wine thickness requirements, that is, only Brora can reach the realm, he did not need to rely on other things to cover up the taste, smell defects that may exist. 
    • Finish
      a long warm surrounded by fruit dispersed, but you are feel unsatisfied when oak flu and salty sea salt to bring out the looming re-fruity, magical wonderful.

  44. zby0001 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

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

  45. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I like the "old gold" color descriptor people are using, so I'll go with that (where is the color chart on here?)  Nose is tropical fruits and a gentle peat a-la the more tropical Port Ellen and Laphroaig.  Definite mango, pineapple, maybe passion fruit.  Mouth is a pleasant array of tropical fruits and stewed stone fruit with a nice tart edge (green apple?) followed by a sensible wave of peat carrying through the finish.  Not the sharp, chiseled aspect I look for in a 70s Brora.  Middle palate has an odd segueway of these sweet fruits into peat smoke that comes off as an unharmonious bitterness, just briefly.  

    This breathes really well and developed nicely in the bottle.  It got more tropical, more vibrant, and most importantly, more integrated.  Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  46. Rossi99 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Does the shop send me the wrong sample?? It's grassy, fruity, and A Dram you will easily to forget it.... Maybe I put too much expectation on this, or maybe Brora 40yo is too outstanding!
    I do not like it. If I want this kind of whisky, I will buy a golden vintage 1976 of Benriach instead....much better and cheaper! shhhhhhh.....

  47. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘An absolute treat’
    N: Big nose, offering broad strokes of smell sensations without ever being showy. Initially an intense, oily, peaty maritime nose humming with activity, displaying amongst other things - ethanol laced treacle pudding, sweet oily hairspray, a spiced meaty note, crab apples and dry summer grasses.
    T: Oily, salty peat and peppery oak spiced arrival. Although lacking the powerhouse intensity of the 30yo 9th release, this is a far softer and utterly enjoyable expression and an absolute joy to keep in the mouth for chewing and what not. All the components move around the palate displaying subtle and varied combinations, later developing a sweet, maritime, oaky freshness overall. Splendid balance as I've come to expect from Brora, at one with itself and utterly self assured. Long development and unravel before the switch to a sweeter finish.
    F: Mainly vanilla cream, cream soda, and also a chalky milk of magnesia note and saline Carbon granules. Oily sweet maritime minerals is the lasting memory
    C: A tad less impressive than the 9th release but an absolute treat nevertheless.

    Scores an A

  48. corbuso scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    As most official Brora, this second edition of the 35 YO is excellent, complex, very smooth and mellow, slightly more complex than the previous one, cleaner, but slightly well peaty and smoky as well, 

  49. j j scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    go out and get it.
    • Nose
      tremendous
    • Taste
      wunderfull
    • Finish
      exeptional

  50. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    this is on the level of the 6th release
    tasted with Aby and J J
    • Nose
      peat, smoke and even some ashes, grass and butter
    • Taste
      citrus, some bitter fruits, peach and nuts
    • Finish
      straw, peat citrus, peach, creamy and some liquorice

  51. Dennis1979 scored this whisky 92 points Administrator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  52. tomy63 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Another excellent Brora, much more "clean" than the first versions, but just as good.
    • Nose
      light peat, lemon, lots of wax, apple, apricot, mirabelle, some farm notes (hay) but less "dirty" than in the 3rd and 4th releases.
    • Taste
      powerful, perfectly integrated alcohol, very large, very fruity, Clynelish, wax, mirabelle plums, lemon, citrus, a little tart, a well marked iodized side, pepper, a mineral side, it never ends. Very slightly peated and even less farmer than the nose.
    • Finish
      very long, a lot of wax, fruits, cut grass.

  53. addyhd scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  54. Drochaid scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: At first fresh and invigorating, then warming and heavier. Creamy wax and vanilla notes, aromas of herbs, cereals and roasted coconut, coated with a light smokiness.
    Taste: hints of strawberries and lemon zest, followed by notes of wood, sand and sea.
    Departure: Covering and gently drying, with peppermint chocolate. Slightly smoky.

  55. alectron did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I asked granellla2003 a few weeks/months ago how to understand his ratings, as they seem a bit random and he rates regional/private whisky bottlings as soon as they appear on WB (before people from that region have even tried/rated it), unfortunately I got no reply, which for me is a clear sign to ignore his scores altogether.
    Shame really and rather destructive to the whole whiskybase idea if the impression I get from the silence & his random ratings proves true...

  56. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    @ Sonett and LukeFive: shouldn`t be that bad as suggested - it scored 93 points from Ruben and 95 points from Serge!

  57. Sutherland Soother scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    "It`s a Brora this time.."

    Comments from TWE-Blog by Billy.

    http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2013/10/diageo-special-releases-2013/

    It`s come from a mix of refill American Oak and European Oak casks and the phrase used in the description by Diageo is "Annual allocation has extended availability of this irreplaceable malt but stocks are now depleted." Could this actually be the last Brora Special Release? I suspect not...

    Nose: Sweet and waxy with pineapple and polished wood at first, but with a farmyard touch at the back. That dirty note grows as it sits in the glass, bringing out more earthiness, herby hints, a wisp of smoke and a touch of sea air.

    Palate: Sweet fruit to start with muddiness and chocolate quickly rolling in. It`s spicy, with mulchy hay, fruity dark chocolate, liquorice and ashy touches. Water amplifies the darker with more liquorice and dark chocolate, as well as turning up the smokiness and bringing out a lightly medicinal character - bandages and wood ash. 

    Finish: More liquorice and sweetness, sweet apple, green herbs, chocolate and damp ash. 

    Comment: The first comment from tasters around the room was "it`s a Brora this time", after a few previous batches straying into sweeter and brighter Clynelish territory. On the nose this initially hints that it might go that way, but on the palate it`s dark and smoky, with great depth.

  58. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I agree with Sonett about the granella2003 rating and would LOVE to hear the reason for that

  59. Sonett scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I have not yet seen this one on the market but I have preordered one, maybe granella2003 can give a hint why this Brora is so remarkable less good compared with the previous releases. If I am to spend a lot of money it could be good to understand if it will be worth it

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