Brora 1972

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
22 years old
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Jul 2009 10:42 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 10952.57

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90 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Brora 1972

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.80 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    After the Glen Garioch 1975 Samaroli 43054, perhaps this is the only thing that can top it?
    Tried from a different bottle to last time

    This is more maritime than the Glen Garioch at first on the nose but then all the farm notes arrive and its quality.
    Huge peat on the palate, it is like an avalanche of the stuff that just keeps growing , with some salt, pepper, a little lemon.
    This is a remorseless peat monster but the Glen Garioch can hold its own with it, just not quite as complex
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Heavyweight peat smackdown No 2, Islay v Highlands v Campletown (Longrow)


    Longrow 14 year, palate and particularly the finish are monstrous for only 46%
    A stellar whisky

    Ardbeg 72 DL, superb nose, palate just a little behind but overall Longrow is better

    Ardbeg 1965, disappointing all round

    Bowmore, not bad but expected more, blind I would have said it was a heavy sherried Speyside dram.

    Longrow 73 RWD, nice enough but too bitter for me

    Caol Ila 69 , really nice, just lacking a little in complexity
    Glen Garioch 1975 SA, Brutal but brilliant

    Brora 72, Brutal but brilliant also

    As things were so evenly matched after the Brora I had to try the Geerie again and I actually think is shaded the Brora on taste but I also tried the Longrow 14 again and for 46% it is awesome and on a par with either the Geerie or Brora.
    The Geerie, Longrow 14, Brora, Ardbeg 72 & Caol Ila were all quality, the Bowmore was fine but far from impressive and the Longrow 73 RWD & Ardbeg 1965 were very disappointing compared to their high average scores

    1 = Glen Garioch
    1 = Longrow 14 year
    2 – Brora 1972 RM
    3 – Ardbeg 1972 DL
    4 – Caol Ila 1969
    5 – Bowmore 1971 Ses
    6 – Longrow 1973 RWD
    7- Ardbeg 1965 Cadenhead

    I think I need to re try the Brora 72, Glen Garioch 75 and Longrow 14 H2H again, in truth my palate is a little smashed after this level of peat

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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%.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This review is from a decent sized sample.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I do not think water is needed here,


    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.

    • 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.

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=206 Color: light gold
    Nose: Completely different than the Special Release! Smoky, peaty and very farmy. Coal, ash, motor oil, hot asphalt, wet hay and tons of peat bales. Wax, tobacco, cigar box, humidor and only subtly-sweet tropical fruit flavors that try to force themselves through from time to time, but are quickly subordinated again. One of the "dirtiest" noses ever - awesome !!!
    Taste: What a power! Incredibly dark, smoky and "dirty" ... again in the taste again lots of peat, coal smoke, wax and only subtle fruit notes, which are lined with honey and vanilla. A taste that you will not forget !!!
    Finish: infinitely long loops! The finish reflects the nose and the taste completely - great! An absolutely dark part full of peat and tar flavors.
    Remark: The aromas stick to your palate for a week ... just awesome!
    96 points (nose: 95 / taste: 97 / finish: 96)

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

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

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

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

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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++

  10. zby0001 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98


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