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Brora 15th Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2016
Stated Age
38 years old
Refill American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
48.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Limited Edition
Bottle code
Added on
06 Jun 2016 5:13 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2139,92

56 × in wishlist

157 × member ratings

139 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 15th Release

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.08 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I bought a small sample at Limburg whisky fair and Diageo sold it without any premium (compared to the price of the full bottle) which is very fair.  If the final bottle price of about 1750 Euros is fair as well I will see in a few minutes...

    Yes it is a great malt and compared to other recent highly priced releases this justifies more of its price than all the others.  If you can afford this price tag go for it - all others should go for a small sample like I did...
    • Nose
      97 97
      The colour is old gold and the texture about a few thick legs and very few late tears. And ...WOW... what a nose! This is complexity and harmony at its best, simply grab an aromas wheel and check all the pleasant boxes - peaty, earthy, floral, fruity and sweet aromas in a subtle (not very expressive) and elegant mix. I could sniff this for hours... and I have to push myself to proceed to the taste.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is rich and very complex too. It is remarkably dry (warm ashes) but of a really enjoyable dryness (never thought I would ever state such a thing). And it is layered - so you have the chance to identify the flavours and aromas one after the other. With water it offers even more aromas both in the nose and on the palate but it looses some power, of course. Nevertheless I like it with some drops of water better than neat.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The arrival on the palate is creamy and instantly mouth-coating. Close to perfection, nothing to complain about (except it could be a little bolder). The finish is long and keeps this interesting dryness. And it stays sublime and complex. But the best is really the nose...

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Very balanced,  rich and complex. There is no extreme or very specific note which is probably the reason that it is so drinkable - like the best wines are the ones that are most balanced.

    However, my personal favorites are actually the 3rd release (2004) and the 6th release (2007) because they have a bit more punch and dirty notes such as leather and smoke.
    • Nose
      Honey, yellow fruits, quinces, just whiffs of leather and smoke, a bit of vanilla, later on hints of fresh and green fruits - very good
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, liquorice, fruity, good sweetness, more fresh fruits, citric, a bit of dry hay, subtle smoky notes - great
    • Finish
      Long and burning, with water the same but not burning anymore, a tad bitter in the end

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious. Better than its predecessor (37J./14.Rel), so this is more of an experience than just nice. But for 'legendary distillery, 38 years, high-end prestige OA, 1500 €', I'm still far from dancing and jubilating.
    • Nose
      Smells when pouring something (pleasant) to horse, old leather, then floor wax, furniture polish, slight pepper sharpness, herbaceous (hands after gardening / weeding) ... after a while I've got there 'a light freshness, lemon, lime, something mineral, salty - quite "difficult", but quite interesting
    • Taste
      dark chocolate, strong caramel (Storck Giant), gently spicy, a light, dull and smoky note, sweetish rather than bitter, earthy ... in between, other sweets sometimes peep through - gummy bears, ricola, liquorice, but only little
    • Finish
      long, warm, dry, cocoa, mild pepper / ginger, slightly ashen-bitter

  5. Torgeir4 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

  6. whiskycuse scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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  7. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Just a hint for people with smaller pockets:  If you like such a profile try the recent 30+ years Caol Ila bottlings (e.g., from Cadenhead).  They are not on THIS level but offer the best price ratio for a comparable profile at the moment.  Nevertheless they are not cheap either (around 250 Eurobucks)...

  8. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting of a sample (thanx to Mr. Fine Spirit !!! :-)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. raithrover scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Colour: olive oil
    Nose: it's the saltiness that strikes home here with that brine costal quality. The smoke shrouds the glass as well. There's an earthy aspect as if you've scooped up a handful of compost and that decaying vegetative aspect. It's rugged but also possess pineapples and red apples with a diesel almost Springbank aspect.
    Taste: more salt and smoke come through with this rugged powerful whisky. Yet it has layers of subtle flavours with all-spice, walnuts with the skins on, apples, cinder toffee and a finish that continues to linger long after you've finished the last drop of whisky.

    Overall: it's a close run thing but the 2016 is a more forceful dingy character than the 2015 release. Both show the great elements of Brora at work, yet I'm still drawn towards the 2015, but wouldn't knock back the charms of 2016!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95


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