Brora 1978
35 Year Old 12th Release Bot.2013

70cl / 49.9%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Brora 1978 / 35 Year Old / 12th Release / Bot.2013
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The 12th release of Brora from Diageo's Annual Special Releases, this was distilled in 1978 and has been bottled at 35 years of age. This is a mix of refill American Oak and European Oak casks and is a return to the much loved, earthier character of earlier releases.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
35 Year Old
Vintage
1978
Bottling Date
2013
No of Bottles
2944
Country
Scotland
Region
Highland

Brora 1978 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    Nose: Sweet and waxy with pineapple and polished wood at first, but with a farmyard touch at the back. That dirty note grows as it sits in the glass, bringing out more earthiness, herby hints, a wisp of smoke and a touch of sea air.

    Palate: Sweet fruit to start with muddiness and chocolate quickly rolling in. It’s spicy, with mulchy hay, fruity dark chocolate, liquorice and ashy touches. Water amplifies the darker with more liquorice and dark chocolate, as well as turning up the smokiness and bringing out a lightly medicinal character – bandages and wood ash.

    Finish: More liquorice and sweetness, sweet apple, green herbs, chocolate and damp ash.

    Comment: The first comment from tasters around the room was “it’s a Brora this time”, after a few previous batches straying into sweeter and brighter Clynelish territory. On the nose this initially hints that it might go that way, but on the palate it’s dark and smoky, with great depth.

  • Producer's Note

    Appearance: Yellow gold or polished brass. Lightly oily.

    Nose: Initially clean, fresh and bracing; then warming, developing depth and richness. Creamy top notes of warm scented wax or vanilla-custard float above a herbal note (basil?) and a sharper, cereal base, all suffused with just a thread of smoke. The nutty, waxy notes sweeten into honeycomb and toasted coconut. The sea appears very late, as a fresh sea breeze. Adding a little water softens the impact and brings up the scented wax, with honey and lemongrass subduing the more subtle vanilla aromas.

    Body: Light and softly coating.

    Palate: Good texture and a surprising taste: much sweeter than you expect from the nose, and much more smoky, with a most attractive tongue-coating smoothness. A leafy hint of fresh picked strawberry introduces lemon zest and candied peel to set the tongue tingling. Then damp beach notes of wood, sand and sea air round off a beautifully balanced palate. With water added this is a very easy-drinking, rewarding dram: fuller in texture than when at full strength, it is also less sweet, becoming mouth drying, cleansing and softly smoky.

    Finish: Coating, chewy and softly drying, with minty chocolate (after-dinner mints). Wood smoke lingers in the complex, fresh and spicy conclusion.
     

2 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    Yesterday

    Amazing Brora 35 yrs OB! Same quality along with 2004 and 2005 Release. 96-98 pts

  • 5
    9 January

    A superb mix of wax, oily grass, breadiness, wooliness, honey and lemon liquorice. Great body. Aftertaste surprises with old furniture and fur, I usually don''t expect those notes that late. It''s 5/5 and overall an excellent but I feel like the peat''s a bit less ''massive'' than in some of the earlier OBs which makes them just a bit better than this one.