Brora 16th Release

Overall rating
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

€ 1690.65

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120 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Brora 16th Release

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.01 points

  1. 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

  2. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. 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!)

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, dense, full-bodied, saturated, rich in half-tones, with a wide palette of derivatives, quite deep and complex, but easy to understand, but for Brora this is probably a little disappointing result, there isn’t that hi-end level feeling, apparently it all ended -Thus, Diaggio has barrels in commodity quantities and for good reason no longer has it in special releases, in general - whisky is cool, but it is not magical.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, dried boards, industrial and mineral notes - stone chips, grindstone, industrial textiles, tarpaulin, carbide, drying plaster; sweet floral and berry tones, jam, grain.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, sweet, wood-grain with floral honey notes, pepper wave, ginger, malt, grain, coffee, spiky mineral-industrial shades, mineral water with juice, sweet creamy and lemonade tones, monpensier candies.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, ginger, candies, floral honey tones, grain.

  7. orio_pazzela scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This is not the kind of Brora

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, cookies, dried plums, plum wine, bonfire, smoky and peppery, herbal and aromatic. Very different from the 70s.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Rich and peaty here, very intense, herbal and minty, walnut liqueur, burned leather, roasted barley, louder than the nose suggested.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very minty, huge camphor, roasted barley, soft peat.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, waxy, grassy, drinkable of course but frankly disappointing.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This was much better than I was expecting considering it was a 1982 vintage.
    Good mouth feel and it takes water well, full bodied and multi layered.
    Nice stuff
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91


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