Brora 30 Year old Bot. 2007
13th Oct 2012
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Tasting Notes by markjedi1
The Brora 30 Year Old has appeared yearly since 2002, always at cask strength. The first 9 release (I already tried the 8th about a year ago) were always 30 years old, but the 10th is a 32 Year Old and this year’s 11th is already 35 years old. But lets go back in time to 2007, when this 6th Release appeared.
The nose immediately takes you back to humid cow stables, during the cleaning out of the manure. Sounds terrible, smell wonderful. Very farmy, as we like to call it. Some creamy goat cheese, faux leather couch, wet hay, tiger balm, soft smoke and peat. Some chewing tobacco and caramel. This is impressively complex and simply marvellous.
On the palate, you are literally blown away. The coastal character immediately puts its foot down. Brine, loads of it, followed by lime zest, liquorice, mustard seeds, peat, smoke, ginger, pepper. Ka-boom! Some white fruit tries to break through, but does not stand a chance. Only a little bit of caramel succeeds in adding some sweetness.
The finish is very drying, smoky and spicy. In short: wow!
This is an absolutely stunning Brora as Brora should be. Bombastic! Party in the bottle. A must try. What a pity that it is burdened with such a heavy price tag.