Brora 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
World of Whiskies Exclusive
gb United Kingdom
Added on
02 Mar 2014 7:22 pm by wbarchive_350097
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79185.94

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89 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 1972

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.12 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    Nose - Definitely sweeter now on lemon & lime, brine, still some meat I cannot help thinking of a tin of hot dogs in brine (great) plus very rich Christmas cake.

    Palate - The peat is mixed with a waxy, oily slightly mature cheese taste and there is a little more bitterness now Still a little drying.

    Finish - Long, creamy with a slight sherbet fizz on the tail.

    This is quality for sure but the Douglas Laing Brorazilla is better.

    This is 40 years old, tastes more like it is approaching 30 and probably the edge has been taken off the spirit in the cask for me but I am sure others think it is aged to perfection.

    Cannot argue with the quality whatever your verdict.

    I think I will see how it compares to the massively peaty 2004 30 year. 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.
    • Nose
      Reminds me of the 2004 official release a little, The peat is mixed in with so many things.

      Bonfires and smoked sausages springs to mind, brine , tar,  sitting on the side of a harbour smelling seaweed.

      I think the peat is quite delicate on this and there is just a faint hint of lemon peel.

      I could nose this for hours.
    • Taste
      Kappow, creamy peat explosion but much more restrained than I was expecting with a slight oaky bitterness. Caramel and smoked meats.

      It just slowly grows on the palate and it is thick, syrupy and oily like a cask strength Caol Ila on steroids.

      The caramel/toffee note grows and it becomes a little dry but the peat compensates for this.
    • Finish
      Long but restrained and you are left want more, much more.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is how I rate the 1972 Brora I have tried (excluding the 1972 G&M offerings at 40%)

    1 - 1972 29 year 59.5% Douglas Laing Platinum

    2 - 1972 22 year58.7% Rare Malts OB

    3 - 1972 40 year 59.1% Travel Retail Exclusive

    4 - 1972 1st Annual Release 30 year 56.3%

    Although I gave 1 & 2 96 points the DL edges it for me.

    Edit:- January 2018:- now after trying the Brorageddon 1972 DL Plowed Society that would slip in 4th putting the first release to 5th on the list.

  3. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

  4. SFWC scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Not better than 58.7 but not worse, just different.

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Peat Syrup, super balanced.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, fierce peat, bonfire smoke, smoked fish, gasoline, concentrated orange juice, very greasy and oily, coconut oil, maybe some papaya? floral and perfumy, so dense and fresh, nothing suggesting the age.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Peat syrup, tons of dried apricots, burned wood, charcoal, so rich, concentrated and dynamic, super balanced, gasoline, a touch of tropical fruits, smoked limes.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Peat juice, medium length, fresh, lime cream.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the old and rare, my favourite Brora so far

  7. troyk890 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    My favorite Brora so far.

  8. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    A revelation!
    • Nose
      Incredibly complex and outstandingly structured. Really multidimensional and perfect. Begins wonderfully aromatic with oily aromas, mild peat smoke, herbal tones, oak, salt and slightly metallic aromas. Within these levels, countless nuances and other levels coincide. Over time, more and more kelp, tidal pools, but also walnuts, heather or spruce honey and a subtle fruitiness of countless old apple varieties follow. Then initially follow slightly farm-like flavors, old tillage equipment, leather straps, Oldtimergarage, and kiwi and gooseberry. Over time, it will turn floral to hay, potpurri, and species-rich grassland before fruity notes break in again: waxy kitchen apples, currants and oranges. Finally, an aromatic smoke breaks in, reminiscent of smoked bacon, smoked meat and smoked eel. Truly unbelievable, with every single flavor acting like a grain of sand in an hourglass. With water: even more complex but also more focused the individual main components: thisla diverse honeys, seaweed, Japanese tangcrackers, nut oils, wax, cornelian cherries, currants, citrus zests, salt, but also farm-like notes and coffee roasting. Incredible!
    • Taste
      Wow! Inscrutable complexity. Smoky after burnt grass, peat and roasted chestnuts. Then vegetable notes but also bacon, Scamorza, Tang, tidal pools, citrus zests, hay, straw bales, old barn, yes almost even stable? Now followed by freshly dug up bed, old tillage equipment, old agricultural machinery, industrial port, jute, old oak, and the subtle fruitiness of Johannisberen and bittersweet apple varieties. With water: kaleidoscopic. Incredibly complex and unfathomable. Again salt, peat smoke, fried bacon, smoked fish, coal smoke, oily aromas, wax, but also tart fruity notes, flowers and honeys.
    • Finish
      Infinitely long and complex. The density of the aromas seems incomprehensible. Again full of smoke, peat, roasted aromas, farm herb, dried fruit, dark honeys, coffee, cocoa, buttery refelxes and subtle fruit notes. Howl!

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The nose is awesome on this.

    Notes from a sample. Great to have tried this but the price is crazy even for a bit of history as the oldest Brora so far.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. corbuso scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    An impressive whisky, with a surprising peatiness after 40 years,and with a remarkable complexity. A whisky that you can enjoy sipping for a very long time.

    Waxy, peaty, round, slightly meaty and farmy, without any dryness.

    Simply excellent and in another league (to my opinion) compared to the latest 35 or 37 YO OB.


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