BRORA 37 ans 1977 14th Release Of 50,4%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 50040
A smoky, sweet Brora. Evocative of a chocolate, it contains notes of caramel, cherries and frangipani coated in cocoa counterbalanced by a perfectly balanced iodised bite. Only 2,976 numbered bottles are available in the world.
- Appearance : Intense yellow gold. Exceptional bubbles.
- Nose : Both tentative and warm: mellow, rounded and well-balanced. Peaty with the smoked fragrance of a fire just gone out, quickly giving way to a scented candle infused with wax and dried herbs. Notes of raisin cake turn malty with accents of grilled coconut, honey and lemon zest underpinned by a hint of wood fire smoke. Notes of caramel and frangipani gradually unveil themselves, counter-balanced by more intense notes of peat. Adding water unleashes the aromas, revealing the scent of jam and creamy caramel with more intense notes of mint, herbs and scented bath salts, with a less pronounced smoky element.
- Palate : Powerful, cask strength. The attack is mellow like a syrup, then spicy, dry and slightly charcoal-inspired. Fresh aromas of cacao, dark chocolate truffles, orange zest and honeyed caramel cake rise over notes of wood fire smoke and ripe red berries in the background. The addition of water ushers in a more mellow, lighter flavour, less sweet and more mineral with refreshing accents of vanilla and pine resin.
- Overall : Mid to long and very warm, spicy too, with the freshness of the herbs paired with dark chocolate, gourmand tannins and a minty backdrop. A splash of water prolongs and softens the blend. A gentle minty scent with notes of liquorice and roasted coffee beans in the finish.
- The brand
The brandBuilt 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’
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