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Brora 1972

Overall rating
94.74/100
votes
98
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 10:42 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 10363.01

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98 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 1972

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.74 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Huge and unforgettable - when I opened the bottle and poured a glass for the first time, a mixture of rich smoke, glue, wet wool sweater, cowshed and old dusty leather wavered towards me and I didn't really like it at first because it was so extreme was.
    But with every further glass the desire for this unusual whisky was awakened. The longer the bottle was open, the better it got. The extreme dirty note was increasingly associated with its complexity, which was simply fascinating.
    One of the best and most unusual drops I've had in over 30 years of whisky experience.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

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

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    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

    Result
    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 95 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 3 drops of water.
    Different bottle to last time, superb whisky, end of.
    Originally had the nose at 94 but smelling the empty glass and detecting some sweet smoke up a point. so 95 across the board.
    Edit
    Actually 96 for the nose in final assessment.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Famyard smells galore, hay, cowbarns, animal sheds, faint manure (if you can believe in a good way)
      Peat, salt, damp hay, wet granite, slight orange breakfast marmalade note, a little ginger, pepper, hints of nectarine, finally a little sweet cigar smoke & oak smoked bacon,
      Great nose.
    • Taste
      95 95
      At first you get a lovely bag of fruit gums then the peat tries to rip the front of your tongue off, your mouth needs to acclimatise to this, superb balance.
      Plenty of ginger spice mixing with the peat, so fresh, not overpowering, orange, apricot, dried peels and that lovely spicy peppery peat.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Good length, remaining composed, absolutely nothing out of place

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 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

  5. 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.

  6. troydavidson007 scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    Unbelievably good spirit and age. I drank most of a bottle of this at a great bar in Scotland.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruits, subtle smokiness, well deserved reputation

  8. Singalus Lager scored this whisky 97 points Member Junior

    A legendary 1972 Broras from the Rare Malts series.
    My favorite one.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  9. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Tasted several times and always loved it. The symbol of a smoky Northerner with maritime, beeswax-like notes. Great tennis ...

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 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

    RESULT
    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

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