- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Brora 1972
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.73 points
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
Long, peppery, moreish with a fruit blast in the tail
- 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.
- I understand why people think this is an ultimate piece.
Old style Islay peat, mixed with strong grapes, elegant and extremely complex.
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.
Long and the show is not ending, more baked fruits, peat, shoe oils
- 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!
- This Whisky was sold for 3.710 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016
- 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!
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
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.