Brora 25 Year Old / 7th Release / Bot.2008
Product Description

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.

Brora 25 Year Old 7th Release Bot.2008

  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 56.3%

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    • Comment

      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

5 (8 Reviews)

  • 5

    Peter Lovegrove,

    Superb dram. Full bodied and amazing depth. Truly one of the best I’ve ever purchased. I bought this 5 years ago and decided to finally open it Christmas Day. Glad I did!

  • 5

    Drew,

    The best whisky I've ever drank.

  • Anonymous,

    It deserves every single of the 96 points of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.

  • Jaime Orjuela,

    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.

  • Anonymous,

    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.