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Brora 1972

Overall rating
94.90/100
votes
71
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1972
Bottled
1995
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
58.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 Jul 2009 10:53 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 11.148,24

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Tastingtags

11 Notes

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
01 Jul 2016 7:34 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 95 points

This is how I rate the 1972 Brora I have tried.


1 - 1972 29 year 59.5% Douglas Laing Platinum

2 - 1972 22 year58.7% Rare Malts OB

3 - 1972 40 year 59.1% Travel Retail Exclusive

4 - 1972 1st Annual Release 30 year 56.3%


Although I gave 1 & 2 96 points the DL edges it for me.


I did not include any 1972 G&M Connoisseurs Choice because they are only 40%.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Jun 2016 8:32 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 95 points

This review is from a decent sized sample.

Weighted Rate
92.9
Nose
98
Initial taste
97
Body
95
Finish
96
Price
65
Presentation
92
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
02 Jun 2016 8:15 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose
Really lovely, classic Brora I suppose.
Sweet, pungent and earthy mixed in with burning wood embers, brine, overcast day on a beach , rock pools, that sort of thing.
More sea salt, sweet ripe fruit like plum and nectarine.
Some people say there are farmy notes in older Brora but that is not my interpretation of this expression. If cow dung smells like this I would bury my face in it. It is much more pleasant than that (obviously) it is more like wet hay mixed in with burnt orange and caramel mixed in with sweet wood smoke.
Early Brora including some of the 30 year OB have the best noses of any whisky, this is right up there, just perfect.
Taste
Powerful bitter oak mixed in with sweet caramel and faint orange. The sweetness slowly grows over the palate as does the peat and it is peat mixed with so much more and why I have been a fan of this distillery for so long.
Smooth, caramel, milk chocolate, cured meats, brine and the peat is discreet. It is a little syrupy with it
The peat washes over the tongue but its sweet and restrained, perfect.
Finish
Long, smooth, warming with the peat mixing with the sweetness beautifully.
If you have a bigger mouthful it explodes in your mouth, awesome.
Comments
I do not think water is needed here,
WITH WATER
Nose - less expressive, the peat has dissipated leaving sweet caramel and a hint of fresh pineapple?
Palate - Much creamier and unlike the nose the peat is huge now, a big surprise that was, similar to the Brorazilla for effect.
Finish - Huge, the water has really opened this up.

This is what whisky is supposed to be like, in my humble opinion better than any Islay whisky.
This is better than the 40 year IB it is still punchy but very elegant.
.

checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
29 Apr 2016 9:12 am
checkpointuk gave this whisky 96 points

http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=206

Farbe: Hel­les Gold
Nase: Kom­plett anders als die Spe­cial Release! Rau­chig, tor­fig und very farmy. Kohle, Asche, Moto­renöl, hei­ßer Asphalt, nas­ses Heu und ton­nen­weise Torf­bal­len. Wachs, Tabak, Zigar­ren­kiste, Humi­dor und nur dezent-süße tro­pi­sche Fruchta­ro­men, die sich ab und an mal durch­zu­drän­gen ver­su­chen, jedoch rasch wie­der unter­ge­ord­net wer­den. Eine der „dre­ckigs­ten“ Nasen über­haupt – genial!!!
Geschmack: Was für eine Power! Unglaub­lich dun­kel, rau­chig und „dre­ckig“ … auch hier im Geschmack wie­der Unmen­gen von Torf, Koh­len­rauch, Wachs und nur dezente Frucht­no­ten, die mit Honig und Vanille unter­legt sind. Ein Geschmack, den man nicht mehr ver­gisst!!!
Finish: Unend­lich lange Schlei­fen! Der Abgang spie­gelt die Nase und den Geschmack kom­plett wider – Ham­mer! Ein abso­lut düs­te­res Teil vol­ler Torf- und Teer­a­ro­men.
Bemer­kung: Die Aro­men haf­ten gefühlt eine Woche lang am Gau­men … ein­fach nur geil!
96 Punkte (Nase: 95 / Geschmack: 97 / Finish: 96)

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Note
12 Dec 2015 10:51 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 95 points

I like Brora very much - especially the smoky and leathery ones. This one is really smoky - almost becoming a bit Ardbegish.

Prof.Schoof
Expert Senior Prof.Schoof Note
10 Mar 2015 9:46 am

This Whisky was sold for 2.805 € at Whiskyauction in March 2015

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
13 Oct 2014 9:14 pm

N: Sweet, fruity organic cow-dung in the face. This dram will time travel you back to the 1970’s to a farm on a hot summers day with an ice-cream shop next door. Order a light white vanilla ice-cream with passion fruits and bubblegum - a tutti-fruity then! Super fresh and vibrant.


T: Husky, oily, mineral peat… then heat <<. Add water for a creamy, milky, viscous body like congealed blood - not that i’d know, or like the mouth residue after eating peanut butter and honey mixed with saliva. Sounds charming i know, but we are talking about chemistry and biology here. Another textural gem of the highest accord.


F: The impact is so huge on arrival and development, the finish for me begun with head wagging and dad-noises followed by a stunned awe-inspiring silence and a ‘wow’ at the death.


C: You’ll be hard pressed to find a finer whisky, ill get a bottle...oh wait!, £3400? [Oct ’14] - aah maybe not.


Scores an A++

zby0001
Expert Senior zby0001 Review note
08 Sep 2014 2:52 pm
zby0001 gave this whisky 98 points
Weighted Rate
97.7
Nose
99
Initial taste
99
Body
98
Finish
98
Price
90
Presentation
99
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Tabrulavubeg
Expert Senior Tabrulavubeg Note
08 Jul 2014 10:09 am

@Feusi: you are right about Serge's rating for this whisky. But meanwhile, another 1972 Brora has topped the list of his ratings: the 40yo OB (98 points)!

Jaydee
Expert Senior Jaydee Review note
07 Jul 2014 10:40 pm
Jaydee gave this whisky 94 points
Weighted Rate
93.5
Nose
93
Initial taste
95
Body
95
Finish
97
Price
90
Presentation
85
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