Following yesterday’s 25yo Brora and with the premium theme for the last week of 2015, here’s another Brora review, but this time it’s the 2013 Special Releases edition that was bottled five years later in 2013. Although only five years has passed between the bottles, this one contains whisky distilled in 1977 and so we got ‘extra’ 5 years 🙂
It’s a vatting of refill American Oak and European Oak casks and 2944 bottles were made in this round at a lower than usual strength of 49.9%.
Brora 35 Year Old (2013 Special Releases) (49.9%,£750/£900/€1.099,99)
Nose: Just like the 25 yo this one carries too the Brora classic profile. I guess they work hard to retain it when vatting the casks for the annual special releases and it’s working for them. It’s sweeter, fresher and more friendly than the 25, gentle whiffs of smoke, fruity with a lot of peaches, wax, earthy, honey. Just plain gorgeous.
It’s the last week of 2015 and we’ll dedicate it to a few good premium whiskies, which some you can still buy if you have the money. The BTC 2015 recap will follow next week.
The first dram will be a youngster, a mere 25 Year old whisky but it’s a closed distillery and a good one at that – the 25 Year Old Brora from Diageo 2008 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2008 yielding 3000 bottles.
Brora 25 Year Old (2008 Special Releases) (56.3%, £999.95/£1200/€1299)
Nose: It’s plainly a Brora as there’s no mistake here with the combination of honey, wafts of peat smoke and wax. But the nose is closed and it needs some time to open up. after coaxing it a bit, we get floral notes, nutty and earthy notes and even some peaches. I added a few drops of water and was rewarded with pepper, honey and a citrus notes.
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)