Brora 1982 – closed distillery
Highland Single Malt
Sherry cask #876 & 46.1% alc.vol
Distilled 13 May 1982
Bottled 28 July 2014
Whisky Magazine EDITOR'S CHOICE Issue 134Review by Chris – 9.2 POINTS
Nose: Tart citrus and lovely sawdusty American oak. Lusciously honeyed with hints of gooseberry, lime and soft spice. Stunning depth.
Palate: Crisp, mineral with white fruit, barley, lime and hyacinth. Lusciously honeyed and creamy with sawdusty, mature oak. Superbly balanced.
Finish: Long, citric and mouth-wateringly mineral with subtle Cognac-esque dried fruit notes.
Comments: A classic American oak aged, mature Highland Malt.
Review by Joel – 9.6 POINTS
Nose: Wow, the smoke on this sits perfectly with the summer fruits and stone fruits. Apple develops on the nose, wrapped in fantastically velvety smoke. Age, certainly. Tiredness, none.
Palate: Sweetness on the front of the palate, oak spices in the middle and a waft of smoke at the back. This is like pre-war mainland whisky making.
Finish: Perfectly dry and smoky. A day longer in the cask, and it'd be a different story.
Comments: Just fantastic. Smoke, heather and fruits combine to produce pre-war style product.
Review by Dave Broom (scotchwhisky.com) – 9.0 POINTS
Nose: A big and robustly elegant Brora, this is like pulling on a new woollen jumper for the first time. There's some grassiness and the oiliness of maturity (and the distillery), yet it still has some lemon leaf lift and the sweet note of turned, humid earth. A fascinating and classic Brora nose.
Palate: Slightly startling on opening, with a saline quality that then softens into those oils, more orange peel, some black olive, dark fruits. The tannins are fine-grained. Things move slowly and there's just an impression of slight tiredness.
Finish: Oils, fruit, then ash.
Comments: A whisky which is at that point when all of the giddy prettiness of youth is beginning to decay and become infinitely more interesting.