Brora 25 Year Old / 7th Release / Bot 2008

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Brora 25 Year Old / 7th Release / Bot 2008
70cl / 56.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This was the first ever official bottling of 25 year-old malt from the much-mourned Brora. Bottled for the 2008 Special Releases from Diageo after a string of 30yos in previous years. Jim Murray's Scotch of the Year in its category two years running.
Whisky Bible 2011: Best Single Malt (22-27 Years); 96 Points
£599.00
(£499.17 ex. VAT)
More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerDistillery BottlingBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge25 Year OldNo of Bottles3000
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

 Exit our beloved 30yo, here comes the new 25yo!

Colour: pale gold. Nose: this is more delicate than the 1983, which suggests an earlier vintage(s). The smoke is sort of shier but also more elegant, the whole being more complex for sure. At random we get notes of fresh bitter almonds (quite a lot), white wine (Sauvignon), wet leaves and mushrooms (a walk through the trees, really), cloves and ginger, smoked tea (lapsang souchong)… Gets then a little fruitier (ripe apples and pears), grassier and even a tad mustardy.

With water: gets a bit farmier (wet hay) and maritime as well (drying kelp on the beach), with also hints of fresh mint.

Mouth (neat): starts unexpectedly fruity (granny smith) but it’s soon to get rather smokier, with big notes of fresh walnuts and crystallised lemon zests together with hints of liquorice, horseradish and green pepper. Gets then grassier and “pleasantly acrid”, if you see what I mean.

With water: it’s here that it gets closer to the 30yo’s, with the kind of ‘majestic austerity’ that we like so much in most Broras. It is to be wondered if they didn’t sort of ‘dope’ this one with one or two casks of older spirit. Just a wild guess!

Finish: long, grassy, smokier now, with these very idiosyncratic notes of mustard and salt in the aftertaste.

Comments: we had feared that the new 25 would not hold a candle to the 30; we were wrong. But please give it time and, most importantly, don’t forget to add a few drops of water to it to unleash its full ‘Broraness’. SGP:265 - 90 points.

Customer Reviews: (6 reviews)
It deserves every single of the 96 points of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
- anonymous, 17th Nov '13
I bought a bottle of this one a couple of years ago at the Clynelish Distillery. It is incredible that the producer of this whisky closed its doors. I hope to get a 30 years o0ld bottle soon. As a whisky collector I really appreciate Brora.
- Jaime Orjuela, 20th Oct '12
I was fortunate enough to buy 2 bottles of this release believing it to be last bottling from this distillery. I now look forward to tasting it on my 65th birthday this Nov.
- anonymous, 7th Oct '11
Dirk760 buddy what did you actually mean by referring to dried walnut? To me it was more zesty peat notes that prevail but I would not like to put you into discussion on subjectivity.
- oscarez, 29th Jul '10
Bought it yesterday and tried it yesterday evening: one of the best whiskies I ever tasted. Great balance between the peaty, citrus and dried walnut notes, very elegant and surprisingly strong and longlasting. Really a top-product!
- Dirk760, 28th Feb '10
I was a bit lost within the specific aromas of this very edition. I am quite not sure were it on the positive side of my feelings.Still an example of great Scottish artisanship.
- oscarez, 27th Jan '10
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