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Brora 14th Release

Overall rating
92.17/100
votes
166
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

€ 2326.51

62 × in wishlist

166 × member ratings

225 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 14th Release

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.17 points

  1. 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.

  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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. whiskyclick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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