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BRORA 1978

Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands 70cl Ref: 18762

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : or pâle.
  • Nose : délicat, nuancé. Le premier nez est marqué par le toffee et les citrons confits. À l’aération, il se montre très animal (bacon) et fumé. Torréfié (café), il évolue sur l’orge maltée grillée avant que la rhubarbe ne recouvre l’ensemble de ses notes acidulées et herbacées. Au fur et à mesure, son caractère minéral s’affirme pour laisser place aux fruits noirs (myrtille).
  • Palate : pleine de tonicité, son attaque est très épicée (poivre blanc) et empyreumatique (santal, cédrat). Le milieu de bouche est teinté d’exotisme (banane, noix de coco) et rehaussé par la fine âcreté de la fumée. Une corbeille de prunes mûres s’additionne ensuite à des notes de cire d’abeille et de tabac frais.
  • Overall : longue, duveteuse. Le soyeux de son toucher évoque le taffetas. Oscillant entre des notes de terre humide, de sous-bois et d’agrumes, elle devient au fil du temps mentholée et saline. L’air de la mer souffle désormais sur les champs d’orge et sur la fin de bouche, marquée par les oranges amères et les pêches abricotées.
The brand

The brand

Built in 1819 by the Marchioness of Stafford, the Brora distillery is known for its peated whisky, similar to the Isle of Islay style. Following an unexpected drought on the Isle of Islay in the summer of 1969, a shortage of peated whisky slowed down the production of blended whisky for a number of distilleries. So Brora decided to supply the distilleries in question with their quality peated whisky whose production costs were lower than those from the Islay distilleries. In the eighties overproduction lead to the permanent closure of some thirty Scottish distilleries including Brora. In 2014 the one-off sale of 160 official-version bottles of a 40 year-old, 59.1% Brora provided a unique opportunity to preserve a rare testimony of one of the legendary ‘lost distilleries’

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Created in 1999, this range is devoted to very old, very rare whiskies, some of which will never again be available (in particular those from the St Magdalene and Port Ellen distilleries). These are, of course, single malts of the highest quality, bottled in ultra-small batches, mostly at 46% ABV, but sometimes at 43% or 40% in the case of whiskies for which the ‘angel’s share’ was particularly generous.

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