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Brora 14th Release

Overall rating
92.08/100
votes
187
Whiskybase ID
WB73372
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

€ 4149.00

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187 × member ratings

259 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 14th Release

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.08 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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 :)

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 3 small drops of water.
    I struggled with this one, plenty of good things happening but the bitterness overshadowed it for me.
    The next release, the 15th was better.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Similar to the 15th release but more fragrant, orange, mango, a little peach juice. hints of peat, a little treacle, wood varnish, honey and a slight buttery note.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Right there is a huge amount of peat but also plenty of woody bitterness at first.
      Plenty of stewed fruit of the kind the nose suggested but it is bitter unripe fruit, not like the stewed fruit on the 15th release.
      As you go on the bitterness is attacked by the sweeter fruit but it is not quite enough to overpower it.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish, drying and b=still slightly bitter, almost a metallic bitterness.

  4. LiquidThoughts 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

  5. 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

  6. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose- more fresh, floral (than 34 yo), citrus peel, grass, wax, cookies with salty sprinkles.
    Taste - orange jelly, honey waxiness, slightly smoky hay, citrus, minerality, very delicately well-arranged, oily. Delicate oak finish with a hint of vanilla honey, citrus peel and candied ginger, with a light varnish. It is more complex than Brora 34 in my opinion.

  7. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    One of the best scotches ever. EVER. One of my highest rated!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Saltier and a bit smokier than the 2014 edition. Vanilla. Coastal influences and a nice layer of wax. A citrus element. Later it goes more towards tropical fruits, like pineapple, nectarines and a hint of bananas. It’s quite fruity. Marshmallows.
    • Taste
      Quite smoky! But very nice! Tropical fruits, pineapple. Vanilla sweetness, combined with honey. Somewhat peppery and slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Salted caramel. Long, very long. Quite smoky. Minerals. A hint of tropical fruit.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo 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

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  11. stevouf scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  12. Sendilkelm scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Stunning

  13. Teresa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  14. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  15. raithrover scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    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

  16. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=206 Color: light gold
    Nose: Creamy and felt "light green" at first. Salty-sweet with honey, vanilla, wax, honeycombs, hay, dry leather, lots of fresh lime and green-yellow pears in creamy yogurt. A subtle hint of smoke, which is only weakly felt, lays over the equally subtle farmy notes.
    Taste: Surprisingly thin body! The aromas from the nose are transformed into the taste. Spicy-salty herbs, lime, green apple, vanilla and cream. In addition, notes of hay, ash, wax and honey. To the finish dull and fader with tender-dry wood, even more leather (horse saddle) and cardboard.
    Finish: Long with green notes, herbs, dull leather and some wood. Sweet honey, vanilla, creamy cream and peaty smoke in small quantities.
    Note: Leading the way through the bank is the fresh, creamy lime fruit with vanilla and cream.
    91 points (nose: 91 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  17. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  18. Seanzhang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  19. zzqfyl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  20. ep11ripee scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    23 23 22.5 22.5
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 21 21 22 86

    This is not what you expect from Brora, modern releases from Bror, this is just a good Kleinelish, delicate, elegant, but all the nuances must be sought out and thought out, delight is only on the label, I think this whisky did not open up in the evening, did not breathe, IMHO the feeling that he needs to breathe in a bottle for six months ...

  22. Funtik scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23-23-23-23, although expectations were slightly higher ..

  24. whiskyclick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful whisky. There's a lot of stuff going on.....on the nose and the palate as well.
    Waxy, grassy, old books, grapefruit....every time we smell it, different notes come out.
    Alcohol is well integrated but there is a slightly note of bitterness on the palate.
    Peat is subtle but it's stronger in the finish.

  25. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Brora Head 2 Head - 8th vs 14th

    Trying the 8th first follow by 14th
    • Nose
      92 92
      A lot stronger and bolder compared to the 8th, but with some similarity. Smokier and sweeter, and more on overripe fruits as opposed to the fresh fruits on the 8th. After a while, it become a little bit sooty and bitter, and the coastal notes started to appear. The same kind of waxiness and elegance you'll find on the 8th as well. It gets smokier over time. Lovely complexity on the nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full bodied, with the waxiness and saltiness dominating. Very oily too. Some metallic notes as well, with the farmy and grassy notes. Faint smokiness and some hints of honey and almond as well. Overripe fruits as suggested from the nose with some bitter oranges.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lots of ash and wax, and honey as well. Little bit of sootiness, and rather fruity as well. Medium long finish.

  26. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: gold with golden reflections

    Nose: a perfectly integrated alcohol, a forest peat common to Brora.
    Moist wood, heather honey. Notes of chocolAt, peanuts coated with chocolate. A touch of rubber or bandage.

    Taste: spicy, a lot of pepper, damp wood, twig. With flower fruit, acacia honey, leather.

    Overall: moderately short, on pepper.

  27. abhishekbanik scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    Great example of old, well kept whisky. Good balance of sweet and smoke. Delicate, stone fruit, hint of floral, and earthy.

  28. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

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

  29. 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

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Smells like the Brora, is the Brora! We're it top league territory for another year, on the nose at least.
    T: Rather a lot of flora and fauna to this one and some play dough oddness to boot. Take a full, neat mouthful to appreciate its fullness because it's showing signs of frailty. I've known more powerful whiskies bottled at 40%, are we getting to the end of the end now? Water does zilch.
    F: Direct peat equal to the char-smoke with plenty of soft mineral, Lake District notes. Lovely chew on the finish, but without that far reaching performance from earlier releases.
    C: I know Serge loved this (95 no less! WF), but interestingly Colin Dunn had nothing particular to say about this one - and he normally waxes lyrical about the Brora releases. For me, lovely stuff but certainly not one in the super league. 

    Scores a B+ [89]

  31. XorLophaX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 91/100 points - "filigree and exciting". The Brora offers many filigree and discreetly noticeable aromas and demands some attention and time in the glass. If he gets both he pampers the connoisseur with fresh-kräutrigen flavors. The sample comes from bottle 1983/2976. This is especially funny as 1983 was the year the distillery was closed. Link to the tasting with photos on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/311
    • Nose
      The peaty basic character comes over immediately. Overall, the flavors are rather reserved and closed. Slight notes of honey and toffee. In the background, subtle citrus freshness.
      After a long time to breathe noticeable pear aromas and some cinnamon.
    • Taste
      A very intense, spicy approach, mouthwashing and slightly peaty. It is joined by aromas of orange peel and toffee and cocoa. Later some tart, dark chocolate and a hint of currants.
    • Finish
      A rather long, warm finish with lots of herbs, dark chocolate and some toffee. Leaves a dry mouthfeel.

  32. Rossi99 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    no farmy no talk~~
    the price tag is too high for this kind of new style Brora~

  33. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottler's Note: Color: deep, golden yellow color with an extraordinary pearl formation.
    Aroma: Subdued, soft, round and balanced. Peaty aromas that resemble a smoky and freshly lit fire and turn into aromatic candle wax and dry, fragrant herbs. Soft notes of raisin cake, roasted coconut, honey and lemon zest. Later also hints of butterscotch, marzipan and toffee.
    Taste: At the beginning syrupy soft and sweet, then spicy and dry in the mouth. Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate truffle, orange zest, toffee and red berries. With water, the taste is softer, less sweet, slightly mineral and shows hints of vanilla and cooling pine resin. Moderately difficult to difficult in the body. Resonance: Medium to long and very warming. Spicy with hints of fresh herbs, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice and tannin.

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