Whisky Review & Tasting Notes: Duo of Brora Whiskies, 20yo & 24yo Rare Malts

Time to cross off another distillery from the not-reviewed-yet-on-the-blog, and a silent distillery to boot: Brora.

So much was written on Brora, its history, Diageo decision to close it in the ’80s and the ultra-premium branding and pricing so I’ll spare you that part.

Instead I will just say that the whisky community is awesome! with those high prices for Brora whisky, my only way to sample Broras was via samples and donations from friends and with the help of two friends I got to sample and review those so big thanks to you guys!

Brora Rare Malts 20 yo 1975-1995 (59.1%, USA bottling, £999)

brorm.1975Nose: Oily, wet sweet peat, flowery and perfume, walls ספוגים smoke, heather honey. ww: ecylptus, less peat, more fruity

Palate: Sweet fruits, flowery, perfume, pine and eucalyptus. After rolling it in the glass for a while we then get oak spices and mild sweet peat and then oak wood again. Few drops of water makes it spicier.

Finish: Short, oak, little peat, bittersweet eucalyptus honey that keeps going much longer then the rest of the notes.


Brora Rare Malts 24 yo 1977-2001 (56.1%, £899 / €1000)

brorm.1977v2Nose: Like the 22 yo it has the flowery and perfume notes, it’s peatier than the 22 yo one with wet peat note and a sour oily feeling.

Palate: Sweet wet peat bang with vanilla and honey, which is then followed by mild oak wood spices.

Finish: Short finish with oak and peat and lingering sweet perfume-y fruits.


Thoughts: Brora is Brora. Those are excellent drams befitting the inclusion in the Rare Malts series but I wouldn’t shell out the on going price for them. I think the last sentence is showing in my reviews too frequently lately… a bit sad ah?


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