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Brora 27 Year Old 1981/2009 Duncan Taylor cask #291

Stunning and gorgeous

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nReview by @numen

17th Jun 2013

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Nose: Ah, really something. Almond skins, waxy, damp pebbles, lemon, putty, and oily. Superbly balanced. Ginger and very lightly peaty/smoky. Very lightly sweet, too, almost on peaches. In the depths, you get that tar/diesel that's so typical of Brora, but this is all rather elegant and refined. Hints of something green and vegetal, both a mossy forest and green peppers. Ah, and ashy honey. (with water) just a bit more coastal and tar/ash.

Palate: #%$&#. This is amazing. Perfectly weighted -- that sounds like a bizarre description, but, when you have it, you'll know. Oily, honeyed, zest-lemon, sharp (perfectly so). It's waxy, ginger, flecks of soft white pepper, and a bit more of those damp pebbles. And something of the very best Burgundy whites. (with water) A little thinner, but just a little, and more ashy and chili. Amazing. You see where this is going.

Finish: A little more ashy, the devolution of the tar and the sweetness from the winey quality. Waxy and all the rest of it. With water, it thins just a little on the palate, but it's beyond excellent

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@Wills
Wills commented

Numen again on the "struggle" for the perfect dram. Again a great whisky and review! Being somehow jealous :D

5 years ago 0

numen commented

Thanks! Haven't yet found the perfect whisky, but the search has been :)

5 years ago 0

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