Brora 1972 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Platinum Selection
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
59.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Jan 2009 8:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 7481.68

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68 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 1972 DL

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.59 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Just noticed IN 2015, I awarded this 97/98/95 which averages 96.66.
    In reality that should be 97, and the palate and finish average is 96.5, the nose is the least important part for me but all things considered I will bump this up to 97p.
    This then would be the only 97 point rate I have awarded, so my best whisky so far, I wonder what I would rate it now?

  2. Willie JJ scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    One of the heaviest peating levels I can remember in a Brora. A peat-freaks dream.
    • Nose
      Bung cloth and rice pudding, cocoa, citrus but its submerged in the
      creosote. No shortage of peat here. Earth, hemp and iodine. Simply
    • Taste
      Someone has set a peat fire in my mouth. The peating level here is huge. There is barley there but it is smouldering.
    • Finish
      Glowing embers that linger for ages, before fading to ash. When the fire fades the barley returns.

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

    Very good Brora, not sure if the sample was still on 100% or the bottle was probably open long time - anyhow, great!
    • Nose
      Peaty, smoky, iodine, seaweed, medicinal, citric, little vanilla, yellow fruits, quince, pear, porridge, little coconut - great!
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, peaty, smoky, subtle sweetness, more citric, little fruity, more quince, little vanilla, more medicinal, salty - still great!
    • Finish
      Long, warm

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Farmy peat, citrus fruits, herbs, custard cream, toffee, brilliant!

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    This is how I rate the 1972 Brora I have tried.

    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.#

    I have not included any 40% Connoisseurs Choice bottles.


    I would put the DL Brorageddon in at 4 on this this dropping the 1st release to 5th,

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur


    Nose - More lemony now with a bit of fudge.

    Palate - Peat is even more evident (if that was possible) but the sweetness is not so on show now.There is also a slight cardboardy bitterness

    Finish - Still long with loads of peat.

    I preferred this neat and without water I thought it was outstanding. Very strong but also refined and sweet. The sweetness balanced the high peat content.
    With water I felt the peat started to overpower the profile a little, but that is being really critical.
    In summary one of the best whiskies I have had in the last 10 years.
    This is closer in profile to some of the rare malts bottlings rather than the official releases.

    If I can compare this for effect, the Talisker 1981 20 year 62% OB, slaps you in the face with the strength of the alcohol but this at 59.5% the alcohol sneaks up on you because the profile is so elegent, but, it just keeps growing once its in your mouth..
    I think when Willie JJ says " a peat fire in my mouth" that just about sums this up in one line.
    It is a monster of a whisky, better than any peaty Islay I have had and probably the best Brora I have had.

    I did not plan on writing long notes but it was that good.
    • Nose
      Strong crisp peat, lemon, menthol, brine and a big dose of creosote, in fact this could be creosote and nothing else by the smell.
      After a while in the glass it gets even peatier.
    • Taste
      The peat is strong but refined and there is a mouth coating creaminess, it is also much sweeter than I expected.
      Did I say refined, because now after a short while my mouth and tongue are going numb with the strength of the peat?
      Tastewise I get sweet cream, honey, tar, lemon and something biscuity.
    • Finish
      Very, very long on sweet peat.

  8. corbuso scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    As written by Willie, the peat is impressive in this whisky, like drinking liquid peat smoke. I loved this one.

  9. EL34 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    doesn't suck.....


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