Style: Single Malt
Cask: American and European oak
Perfect with: Wagyu sirloin with mushrooms
Region: Sutherland, Scotland
Why You’ll Love It
Brora (Bror-ah) means “The Bridges River”, this is a distillery much missed by whisky lovers and was another casualty of the 1980’s closures after closing in 1983. Founded on the same site as where the Clynelish distillery now sits by the 1st Duke of Sutherland in the north Highland coastal town of Brora. The house style here was big, bold, waxy and earthy with some peaty coastal smoke and a number of limited special edition Diageo bottles have been released since its closure up to 35 years old and becoming one of the most collectable of the silent distilleries.
The 13th special release of Brora from the official bottlers Diageo. This years release is stunning and a real bargain compared to Port Ellen, but sadly the remaining stocks are fast depleting so who knows how for how long this classic annual series will continue? Taste wise the refill American & European casks mean this is the lighter end of the Brora style but still with plenty of waxy dried fruit, subtle peppery smoke and that lovely salty coastal note you get with this sadly lost wonderful distillery.
The 13th annual Brora release from Diageo has been aged in refill American oak and refill European oak casks, which yielded 2,964 bottles. The initial nose offers hessian and hemp, with ozone, muted peat, and tar. Fruity, fragrant aromas develop, with honey and ripe apples. Sweet and spicy on the waxy palate, with heather and ginger. Smokey and mildly medicinal. The finish dries steadily to aniseed, dark chocolate, black pepper and fruity tannins.
94 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith
Added colouring: No
Chill filtered malt: No
Bottle Size: 700mL