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Brora 14th Release

Overall rating
92.29/100
votes
142
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Vintage
1977
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Refill American White Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
2976
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Limited Edition
Bottle code
L5132DQ000
Barcode
5000281041865
Added on
19 Oct 2015 9:40 am by mds51
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1920,52

43 × in wishlist

142 × member ratings

167 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 14th Release

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.29 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A good Brora is like a jack of all trades... it does everything VERY, VERY well, but none superbly. From start the finish, it's first class. Balanced. No off-flavors anywhere. 
    • Nose
      Citrusy, lemony, candied, sour, dank (beer anyone?). A great nose, with myriads of subtle flavors, none of them overwhelming. Very contemplative.
    • Taste
      Perfect mouthfeel! Envelopes all the taste buds. Despite the age, the oak is under-controlled. With a few drops of water, it becomes salty, with some flavors being accentuated. Citrusy, with no tartness. Vanilla frosting. 
    • Finish
      Very good :)

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Kind. So yummy, for 20 Signatory Unchillfiltered for 90 ¬ would give 'ne buy recommendation. For legendary distillery, 37 years, high-end prestige OA (no matter if you can afford 1500 €) that's just nice. Not even an experience.
    • Nose
      Very closed, no "wow, awesome!" when pouring. Salt, mineral, wet clay, a slight touch Chemistry laboratory and new plastic, + drops of water: sweet - butter biscuits, honey, toffee, a little yellow-fruity, canned peach / apricot
    • Taste
      intense, very sweet, first orange jelly, toffee, milk chocolate, then a bit bitter, dark chocolate, syrup, if I leave it in the mouth for a long time, there is also a bit of mineral tingling and this slight touch of new plastic (water does not make a big difference)
    • Finish
      medium long, warm, dry, mild white pepper, cocoa, roasted coffee bean

  3. p4blo did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    95 points from Serge Valentin:

    Brora 37 yo 1977/2015 (50.4%, OB, Special Release, 2,976 bottles)
    High expectations, high expectations… Especially since the 35 yo
    bottled in 2013 was a 1977 as well, and fetched a well-deserved 95
    points mark in my little book. Colour: gold. Nose: Brora seems to be
    indestructible. I can well imagine in 2037, on Whiskyfun, a 65 years old
    1972 Special Release being tasted. Stocks are said to be low, but they
    always said that, and they still managed to vat around ten casks this
    year. The result is amazing, curiously softer than the G&M and more
    herbal, more coastal as well, and perhaps a little smokier too. Less
    sherry for sure, so less tobacco and chocolate. There are the trademark
    farmy touches (hay), then oysters and chartreuse, then more resinous
    notes, between pinesap and artisan absinth. Astounding complexity, as
    expected. With water: superb sappy oil extracts. Old candle, linoleum,
    bandages, embrocations, verbena, wormwood… and mud. Mouth (neat): huge,
    ashy, almost drying, in a good way. This one reminds us that 1977 was
    still a peaty year at Brora. More absinth, tarry smoke, liquorice,
    salted fish, with a mouth feel that’s becoming oilier and creamier.
    Touches of salted chestnut honey, which gives it a Chinese side, in a
    way. Huge whisky. With water: exceptional. Dry, coastal, liquoricy,
    herbal, both fat and chiselled. The best cough syrup ever. Finish:
    perhaps not extremely long, but all these herbs, liquorice and cough
    drops just work in sync. It’s the freshness that’s most impressive.
    Comments: one of 2015’s grands crus, no doubt, together with some of the
    Karuizawas. Hey, next time, could someone sell a blend of Karuizawa and
    Brora? You could call it either Karuibrora or Brorazawa. I’m sure that
    would make it to 97 points if it’s well made, serious. Hint, hint, John
    Glaser… In any case, this one beats last year’s in my book. SGP:465 - 95 points.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Really not bad but not meeting my high expectations - I'm little bit missing the raw power of a Brora - this is probably just too convenient
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citric, olive oil, little mossy, green fruits, some leafy notes, honeydew, whiffs of smoke, old books, vanilla, bananas, little coconut - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, creamy, sweet, honey, yellow fruits, peaches, apples, vanilla, creme brulee, pepper, ginger, little smoky - very good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, little zesty, grapefruits, wet papers

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Anyway, a good corner seems younger than he should, but has very nice notes that go in my direction.
    • Nose
      White grapefruit, peat pear, carbonated, green and earl gray tea, sweet heather, beautiful malt notes, wild honey, toffee, hazelnut, some lemon zest, rye bread, lavender and camphor
    • Taste
      Papaya, peat pear, Earl Gray tea, hint of nettle, pine nuts, tree resin, heather, old leather, white pepper, thyme, oregano, lots of malt and a little vanilla
    • Finish
      Cocoa powder, the white pepper, dry, medium to long, heather

  6. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  7. raithrover scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Colour: beech wood
    Nose: oh jeez this is something else. More of those costal aromas but this time I'm finding the smoke is leading the charge. Tinned pineapples and peaches, almost a fruit salad. Somewhere along the line vanilla marshmallows from a barbeque, bacon fat, dirty vanilla and a fleeting waxiness.
    Taste: its all here and beautifully presented with poise and balanced; how much is this again? Salted caramel or more rather smoked salted caramel reaches out, some rolled tobacco, Highland toffee, liquorice, thyme and we're heading back into the garden for decaying foliage.

    Overall: it's not often I'm lost for words but this was one of those whiskies and what I believe the afflicted refer to as a Broragasm. My favourite of all the special releases I've tasted. I'm going for a lie down rather than try to summarise the depth here.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky tasting: Brora 37 years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT-jgxMUTtQ

  9. wheatfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Pours light/medium gold. Nose is a bunch of ripe tropical fruits -- mango, white grape, pineapple. Sweaty and a bit musty. Peaty of course, but not the sharpest one. Some alcohol in there. Mouth is pretty pungent and full upfront, starting with all those overripe fruits, honey, and more peat than the nose would suggest. Ripe and musty, very mature. A leafy, bitter note in there too, as the peat doesn't quite meld seamlessly with all those ripe fruits. Now it seems like a minty note along the finish. I like it but it's not one of the better Brora annual releases I've had.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

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