Brora 16th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Stated Age
34 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Limited Edition
Bottle code
Added on
01 May 2017 8:37 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1866.66

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116 × member ratings

122 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 16th Release

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.04 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Part of an ancient malts lineup

    Really very good stuff, but not quite on the level of some other Brora officials.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Waxy, chicken stock and fish sauce. Beautiful elegant waxy - creamy - lemon.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Honey - beeswax, angel food cake and whipped cream. Salty and briney. Great mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Fresh, long, salty, brine, lemon. Very Clynelishy which is no surprise considering the vintage.

  2. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    The colour is gold. The nose is a complex, slightly changed through the time. It starts with sweet notes of apples, sweet fruits, vanilla and muffins. Further the minerality appears. The aroma moves to salty and sweet notes of salty caramel and salty butterscotch. Further nose moves to light smoke, old leather, citrus, tobacco, coffee and dry hay notes. At the end appears light buckwheat notes. It’s a perfect aroma. You could pleasure them long time. The palate starts with salty sweet notes of sea salt and ripe fruits. Further the taste moves to delicate dryness, oily, minerality, cream and light smoke notes. The finish is very long, lightly dry with notes of ripe fruits, old leather, salt, cream, butterscotch, old furniture varnish. This whisky has a perfect balance. Awesome! I gave 94 points

  3. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, smoothness smoke, exotic fruits put forward.
    On the palate, fine vanilla, wood, feeling of old leather, fine white pepper, then comes the soot with a little minty side, it is paradoxically sweet, creamy, waxy, rather oiled, with the fruits coming back on the palate (on the baked apple and the pear!)
    In the final, even softness and long finish on old leather, more concentrated fruits, and ashes!

    A dram that must surely take the time to incorporate and digest, which denotes real flavors!
    (Note Brora working with Clynelish, even if it's closed, to produce JWL blends!)

  5. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose - delicate, beeswax, peaches, pears, lemons, dried grass, light sea, and all this is complemented by a trace of smoke.
    Taste - sweet wax, vanilla, honey, more smoke, minerality and more maritime notes.
    Finish - long, very crisp, waxy, a little salt, pleasantly spicy.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JeanChan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

  8. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Well defined, not as good as the 14th release though.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. CherryHeart scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose: Fine, green apple, salted butter, salted caramel, ore, light smoke, vanilla milk foam, followed by citrus, licorice and the comfort and satisfaction of being surrounded by wheat ears in the field.

    Palate: Freshly washed fresh fruit tray, as well as wheat ears, white pepper, dried tobacco, nectarine, sea salt milk green, crisp varnish, ore and light smoke.

    Balance, Body: A medium-bodied wine with a strong structure, chewy, good fat and crisp flavor symbiotic symbiosis, excellent balance, and strong wine power.

    Finish: Medium length. Soft leather, dew, fruit plate, raisins, light smoke, ash.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Colin points out that 51.9% was the leave vote. True say!

    N: More savoury than the Rare Malts 1975 vintage with a little fruitiness, but again, it’s not the sexiest Brora around.
    T: Oh there we are: arrive, boom!,… and release. Delivers at full throttle with Indian-esque aromatic spices and a hint of farmy smoke – is all I wrote. Sustaining.
    F: Lime barley into dusty raisins, light citrus and more dry airborne farmy touches.
    C: Very decent if not the very best of the Special Releases. Same score as before as it turns out, so my palate wasn’t too off-kilter after all!


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