Bring on the Brora......
Expression - Brora OMC 1982 19yo
Year - Nov 1982
Age - 19yo
ABV - 50%
Cask / Bottle No. - Sherry Cask / 1 of 744 Bottles
Colour - Bright gold
Nose - Marmalade on toast at first , very sweet , quite citric as well , slight wisp of smoke .
Palate - Again Citric , orange marmalade , almost orange essence , slight peatiness .
Finish - long and orangey .
Comments - Bottled Nov 2001 , a nice Brora if slightly unusual imo .
Expression - McGibbons Provenance 1975 25yo
Year - Autumn 1975
Age - 25yo
ABV - 43%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Cut grass , pepper , very sea shore , also a hint of lemon .
Palate - again Lemony , then a wave of peat , slight iodine .
Finish - long and marmalade but not orange , quite sweet as well .
Comments - Bottled Winter 2001 , shame this was bottled at 43% , i think it may have been a killer at a higher strength .
Year - 1977
Age - 24yo
ABV - 56.1%
Cask / Bottle No. - / No. 5306
Colour - Orange Marmalade
Nose - Again Oranges on the initial nose , then the Brora iodine , slight butter (Pastry?) ,
Palate - very complex , very peppery , sweet (Marmalade) , iodine , barley sugar , peat . This dram just keeps on giving......
Finish - A long sweet finish , a touch of lemon and honey (Lockets cough sweets)
Comments - bottled October 2001 , An incredible dram , the palate is so complex and lovely !
Year - February 1971
Age - 29yo
ABV - 50%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 1 of 285 Bottles
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Delicate at first.....who am i kidding , clears the nasal passageway , pepper , peat , Barley sugar , cut grass but always comes back to a peatiness .
Palate - An incredible peatiness to it , almost goes to Fishermans friend , after a while peppery and a drop of lemon .
Finish - Woah ! a great big dash of peat on the finish
Comments - Bottled March 2000 , another outstanding Brora from the start of the 70's .
Expression - Brorageddon
Year - March 1972
Age - 30yo
ABV - 50.8%
Cask / Bottle No. - 983 / 1 of 201
Colour - Polished Mahogany
Nose - a deep sherriness infused with peat , cola cube sweets , a deep oakiness as well . A perfect sherry casked whisky , no naughty nastiness lying in wait for the unsuspecting nose.....
Palate - Pretty much the same but the peat seems to cover the palate , the sherry seems to be at the front of the palate vanish over most of it and returns at the rear !
Finish - A very dry sherry finish interlaced with the peat .
Comments - Bottled February 2003 for the Plowed Society , My favourite of the 3 plowed bottlings i've had .
Will have the 3 DLPS i've got tomorrow night during the chat .
Here's my lone Brora (at least for tonight anyway )
Douglas Laing Platinum 1977 - 2003 26yo 54.9%
Colour: Medium walnut
Nose: Chocolate covered cherries, Christmas cake and light smoke.
Palate: Creamy medium peat, cherries and spicy nutmeg
Finish: Long and lingering, sweet and chewy. Late salt and smoke
This one completely surprised me. I have a Brora Signatory sample that I got from Sean (thanks Sean!), and it had a sharp, farmy nose with tons of mint as I recall. I'll try that one again tomorrow. As for this year's special release:
Nose: Sweet fruit and vanilla. Also some fresh wood. Maybe a hint of the farminess from the Signatory, but subtle and in the background. Is that a hint of smoke? It's fresh and edgy for a 30 year.
Palate: A thick mouth feel with fruits remaining and some nice peppery spice.
Finish: A little maltiness showing up now, with more wood, and finally some smoke coming through. Kind of like the subtle smoke that comes with the younger Highland Parks.
Wow, this is drinkable stuff! I was caught completely off guard. At $150, I would be all over a bottle of this. At $360, well, I'd need to be in a better financial situation. I sure am glad I got to try it, though.
Expression - Brora Douglas Laing Platinum 1972-2002 29yo 51%
Year - 1972
Age - 29yo
ABV - 51%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 138 of 228
Colour - Polished Gold
Nose - For 51% a very strong nose , sea air , salt , peat smoke and iodine . After a while citrus and bitter chocolate emerge .
Palate - Intense peat and iodine ! Barley Sugar , very dry and oily , an incredible mouth feel .
Finish - Long and warming with a barley sugared spiciness .
Comments - Another wonderful early 1970's Brora , A privilege to taste .
Year - 1970
Age - 32yo
ABV - 58.4%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 242 of 297
Colour - Bright Gold / Golden Syrup
Nose - Fairly light and Maritime on the nose at first , then Iodine and pepper .
Palate - Salty and peppery on the palate , quite hot , this one is closer to a "Skye" whisky than an "Islay" one . Again an incredible mouth feel .
Finish - Long and peppery , very peppery !
Comments - Blind , i bet most people would go "Aah.....Talisker!" sorry but it would have to be an incredible Talisker to match up to this !!!! How many times can you say another Incredible 1970's Brora...... ?
Year - 1972
Age - 29yo
ABV - 59.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 155 of 240
Colour - Bright Gold
Nose - Salty , Maritime , peat , Citrus , peat , iodine , peat , get the idea ?
Palate - Superbly peaty in the Gob !!! Sweet (That Barley sugar again) , tarry ,
Finish - Huge ! goes on for ever , peat , tarry , oh my !
Comments - When this first came out and we tried it on the chat i coined the phrase "Brorzilla! (Tm Spiritofislay.....) , i'll stick by that ! Another Blah Blah Blah........
pkt77242 wrote:No problem Jeff and speaking of that Brora here I go
Menthol, eucalyptus, slight smoke, and salt. Moss.
Burning leaves, brine and barley sugar. Almost a sugar cookie.
Brine and loads of mint. Very sweet mint.
It says refill sherry butt but you can't tell while drinking it. Nice combo of mint and brine.
21 Years Old
Refill sherry butt
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Ok, I tried this one again tonight:
Nose: Fresh mint leaves and Vicks vapor rub, and maybe some tea leaves as well. Not really getting farmy notes like I thought I remembered.
Palate: Turns sweet, and pretty mellow, really. Still minty.
Finish: Mint, mint, mint. Possibly a little smoke carrying it up through the nostrils.
Not like any other whisky I've tasted, including the 2009 Brora 30 year.
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