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Brora 30 Year Old bottled 2009

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Sep 2011

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My friends keep telling me I need to taste a 30 Year Old Brora. To get them off my back (just kidding!), I’m doing this today. It’s the 2009 release, of which I got a sample (because 250 quid for a bottle is above my budget).

The nose is wonderfully creamy and spicy with peat and salt, white fruit and baked banana. Some furniture polish, but also cowhide, vanilla and something pretty medicinal. Almost as if this is a long lost cousin from an Islay whisky. Quite a bit of smoke, too. Superb.

Very creamy on the palate as well, but also pretty feisty from the woodspices. Holy crap, I can feel it going down all the way. Very warm. Again fruity, peaty and waxy, but with quite a bit of salt. Big whisky.

The finish is very long, spicy and salty.

This is the kind of whisky I would enjoy while reading a good book in front of the hearth.

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7 comments

@Dellnola
Dellnola commented

Looking forward to opening this one, as I'm saving it for a special occasion.

8 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

Now you only need to try a real Brora 30, Mark ;-) The 2009 version was a bit strange in my opinion (more Clynelish that is), still very good but no signs of the usual goat stables and manure that make Brora so special.

8 years ago 0

@Stu_R
Stu_R commented

@WhiskyNotes I enjoyed the 2009 (its a late 70's early 80's Clynelish style Brora for sure as you say) but feel it was perhaps the weakest of the releases, I even prefered the 25 I think. Oddly the 2010 I thought better but of course the 2004, 2005 and 2007 stand out. It will be interesting to see what the soon to be released 1978 32yo release is like considering the last few 30s.

8 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Well, I'm all for tasting more Brora, that's for sure. I would very much like to get my hands on the 2004, 2005 and 2007 editions, but haven't found anyone yet (hint, hint) who can sell me a sample.

8 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

Feel free to contact me for a sample swap.

8 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

Hi Mark. Did you already try another Brora? I wonder why they aren't in the top10 list. Maybe too few votings.

Maybe I am going to try those drams in 10 years or so - well, then they will be even more expensive :)

7 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Not yet, but I do have a couple of samples on my desk for future tasting.

7 years ago 0

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