Brora 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
22 years old
61.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 jul 2009 10:37 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 14310.16

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72 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Brora 1972

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.93 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 3 drops of water
    This has more fruit than the 58.7% 1972 but less power and slightly less depth of profile overall.
    • Nose
      93 93
      I left this in the glass for 10 minutes or so and the fruit notes have definitely increased.
      I think this one will be less smoky and more fruity than the 58.7% version.
      Again a bag of wine gums, orange, lemon, a little fresh pineapple but the salt, smoke and peat are in the background but unlike the 58.7% this is not a farmyard one on the nose, the fruit is the dominant factor here with a little white pepper thrown in.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Bags of really zesty fruit, oh hang on, here it comes an avalanche of peat is approaching, or it it?
      A wave of peat hits your tongue but then is disappears leaving the fruit and a pepper note.
      There is a battle royal going on between the sumptuous fruit and the peat/pepper, I am almost drooling, just excellent.
      Over time the fruit wins by a whisker
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, peppery, moreish with a fruit blast in the tail

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  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    3 cl sample of deliciousness from Old and Rare in London 2020.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Mint, eucalyptus, aloe, honeyed lemon, whiffs of fresh cut lime. Hint of peat and salt, with something sharp, like vinegar.
    • Taste
      95 95
      So balanced despite the 61.1%. Very citrusy, more sweet now, with a lovely old school peat. Pretty delicious stuff.
    • Finish
      95 95
      A bit dry at the end. A very dry sauvignon blanc. There are some salt and some floral notes at the end, and then some some honeycomb to go with it. Again, this is just lovely stuff. I don't think I've ever had a whisky that is above 60% ABV that I would call "lovely" but this is an apt description.

  5. troyk890 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Great Brora, I rate it slightly below some of the best early special releases though, like the 2004.

  6. mixa scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    Unique and a once-in-a-lifetime dram, peaty and supercomplex Brora which can hardly be cloned by any other malt whisky in this world.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Brora 71 &72 Douglas Laing v 72 Rare Malts x2 x v 75 Rare Malts v 74 3rd release OB v 75 Samaroli Coilltean 1975 Glen Garioch.

    Old Brora H2H + Glen Garioch

    Tasted in this order

    Brora 1971 29 year 50% 210 bottles Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask
    Brora 1972 29 year 51% 228 bottles Douglas Laing Platinum Selection
    Brora 1972 22 year 58.7% Rare Malts OB
    Brora 1972 22 year 61.1% Rare Malts OB
    Brora 1974 30 year 56.6% 3rd Official Release
    Brora 1975 20 year 60.75% Rare Malts OB
    Glen Garioch (Coilltean) 1975 57% 480 bottles Samaroli Flowers 13 year

    This line will be right on the edge of my limit but there are mini H2H of the Douglas Laing and the 1972 Rare Malts and as I have score the 75 RM the same as the 72 before so threw that one in. The 3rd release Brora is by comment consent the best of the 30 year official releases though I think the 2005 & 2006 are just as good and the Glen Garioch is the leveller, I have scored it the same if not better that the RM 58.7% last time and is similar to Brora and a beast of a malt, I call it the punisher and remember it is only approximately 13 years old

    I rate Brora higher than any of the Islay distilleries, there is peat and then some. but it’s not just about the peat, Brora has for me anyway a greater depth pf profile than the best Islay Malts,
    But look at the young Geerie, that is a match for anything.

    The 1972 RM 58.7% reigns supreme closely followed by the 3rd annual release and the young Glen Geerie shows its quality & power, I wonder what the Gerrie would have been like with another 10 years of maturation the mind boggles

    1 Brora 1972 22 year 58.7% Rare Malts OB
    2 Brora 1974 30 year 56.6% 3rd Official Release
    3 Glen Garioch (Coilltean) 1975 13 YR 57% 480 bottles Samaroli Flowers
    4 Brora 1972 22 year 61.1% Rare Malts OB
    5 Brora 1975 20 year 60.75% Rare Malts OB
    6 Brora 1972 29 year 51% 228 bottles Douglas Laing Platinum Selection
    7 Brora 1971 29 year 50% 210 bottles Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

    Tasting notes are on the distillery pages

  8. hnorjordet scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    One of the better whiskies I have ever tasted; very complex and engaging. It is not difficult to understand why this particular Brora bottling is seen by many as possibly the best ever Brora.

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I understand why people think this is an ultimate piece.
    • Nose
      Old style Islay peat, mixed with strong grapes, elegant and extremely complex.
    • Taste
      It got everything, peat integration is majestic, lemon oily, celeriac flavours, again, extremely complex. You get an impression of integrated flavours other than a single one.
    • Finish
      Long and the show is not ending, more baked fruits, peat, shoe oils

  10. SFWC scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this during the Glasgow Old&Rare Whisky Show February 2018.

    On a weekend where I tasted over 100 whiskies this still reminas clear and present in my memory. What more can be said about 1972 Brora? Simply the greatest whisky ever made!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  11. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 3.710 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016

  12. Rossi99 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    A good impact of farmy and coastal notes.

    Very oily and punchy!

    To me, It's just like eating a delicious vanilla cake at the seaside and there is a farm just nearby.

    The finish is endless.........

    A whisky you will not forget... MASSIVE!

  13. zby0001 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  14. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    22 yo 1972/1995 (61.1%, Rare Malts)

    The malt that still reigns supreme
    on my ‘bottled recently’
    list – although with another
    ABV, but it’ll rejoin the ‘old
    bottles list’ later on this
    year, where it will have to fight
    some old stunners by Springbank and
    Bowmore… Anyway, let’s
    have a go at it now. Colour: pale
    gold. Nose: ha, this one is even more
    austere than the Port Ellen! Sharp
    like a blade, on pure peat smoke and
    beer, with some notes of sour apples.
    Lots of seaweed and iodine developing
    after a moment, together with some
    cold ashes, balsamic vinegar, and
    perhaps some whiffs of wet dog. Absolutely
    stunning, exactly my taste! And it’s
    so clean…
    let’s sum up for the moment:
    1st the Brora, 2nd the Ardbeg, 3rd
    the Port Ellen. But they’re
    all stunning! Mouth: oh yes! Again,
    quite a lot of sweetness right at
    the start – the alcohol again
    – but then there’s a beautiful
    peat blast with lots of salt (which
    I didn’t get in both the Ardbeg
    and the Port Ellen). It then gets
    saltier and saltier, with some hints
    of oak, loads of peppery notes, some
    lemon again, and quite some spices
    like clove and chilli. Some hints
    of mustard, green tea, wasabi…
    It’s more complex than both
    the Ardbeg and the Port Ellen, in
    fact. Even if, again, it's very austere.
    The finish is extremely long, on salt
    and un-sugared strong tea. Well, perhaps
    like the Port Ellen, this one is an
    acquired taste. It’s not immediately
    appealing like the Ardbeg, and certainly
    more ‘difficult’. But
    what a grand whisky! I’ll give
    it 96 points.


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