Brora 1981 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 nov 2013 7:00 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1000.00

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4 × member ratings

8 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Brora 1981 DL

2 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.25 points.

  1. herby.usa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Bottle has been open for a few weeks now and was able to breathe.
    When the bottle was freshly opened back then, the content was already a stunner; I'm hoping for a little bit more now.

    Conclusion: The gentleman needs time and the taster patience. The oxidation did him good. Next time I'll try to get even more out of it with water (i.e. aromas, notes, etc.)
    • Nose
      93 93
      When pouring into the glass, a spicy smoky note streamed out of the bottle.
      In the glass: draws slow oily feet.
      Maritime freshness (salty notes) mixed with smoky / ashy notes (these are very elegantly wrapped in the maritime freshness). The alcohol cools the nasal mucous membranes and somehow gives the impression of menthol.
      Fresh sea air constantly wafts around the nose and repeatedly displaces hints of light sour / vinous notes and sour fruits such as green grapes, apples, etc. (to be felt very vaguely).
      Perfume notes (fresh/tart), light citrus notes come over time. Hints of sweetness are always quickly replaced by the sour wine note. Smoke/ash completely lose their aromas over time, the sour wine note remains.
      A nice interplay and definitely an elegant snooper.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Start: Sparkling peppery (alcohol 50%).
      Smoky notes spread in the mouth.
      Now comes the sweetness in full force. Gets very creamy/oily in the mouth. Fruity notes (grapes, apples).
      The woody notes (very pleasant) dry the mucous membranes, followed by slightly smoky sweet/sour wine gums.
      At the end come cocoa/coffee/chocolate flavors.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long lasting - especially the wine gum flavors.
      The mouth stays "dry" for a long time -> and asks for another sip ????????

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  3. herby.usa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    My 1st Brora !!
    It took a long time before I could bring myself to buy a bottle (it wasn't cheap, but it's hard to get hold of -

    Freshly opened -
    Gorgeous nose - fantastic,
    Taste very complex - in fact I'm overwhelmed at the moment.
    Departure on the same level as taste
    • Nose
      94 94
      Immediately a sweet, salty note.
      Almond cake with lemon icing
      Cedar wood, subtle men's perfume (I'm not :-))
      Vanilla, fresh hay, slightly damp moor,
      Honey, cotton candy, caramel
      slightly malty
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peppery start, spicy, earthy
      salty/sweet, honey, vanilla, almond flavor appears,
      Slightly smoky (only weak),
      coffee, cocoa
      at the end menthol/mint, mineral
    • Finish
      92 92
      Coffee aroma lingers in the mouth
      Mucous membranes dry out (certainly the wood)
      cooling (menthol)

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My first Brora! One of the peatier runs for sure. To nobody’s surprise, it’s delicious. The woodsmoke, fresh fruit, savoury spice, coastal influence, floral hot peppers… and that caramelized meat… oh man. What pushed it into the 90+ range for me was that amazing barley sugar at the front of the palate.
    • Nose
      Nothing shy about this nose. A huge blast of smoke, with sulfurous, rubbery, and carbolic qualities. Sort of Mezcal-like. Charred and caramelized barbeque pork. Marshmallow dropped into a fire. Spicy floral habanero peppers, mango, and lime combine into something that you’d want to slather onto chicken wings. Earthy spice and tobacco, getting towards celery salt, or maybe cocktail sauce? Just a trace of sweet cinnamon bun.
      A couple drops of water bring out fresh apple, pear, and pomegranate, as well as sweet maple.
    • Taste
      Medium-heavy body and quite mouthwatering. Opens with fresh fruit and malt sweetness, which lingers for a second before savoury woodsmoke comes to the front. More barbequed pork. Interesting coastal notes come next: heavy minerals, seaweed, sea salt, mud, and iodine. Some sweet, floral black tea, and pineapple. Oak and clove toward the back.
      The water intensified the wood and coastal elements, bringing fresh lemon and oysters.
      As the whisky rested, the sweetness at the front got longer and deepened into a fantastically pure caramelized barley sugar note.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy-tart. Seawater, minerals, and bonfire embers. Almonds, cinnamon, and plenty of nutmeg. Macerated apple and lime. More of that floral habanero spice. Maybe some roses in there, too.


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