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Brora 30 Year Old bottled 2009

It keeps going and going....

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

12th Nov 2011


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Nose: Mild peat, vinegar, black pepper, tart orange peel, cut grass, charcoal, brine, a faint whiff of wet hay. Additionally, there are sweeter notes like malted milk balls, vanilla custard, and lemon tart. The oak is nicely balanced.

Taste: At first, sweet malt, toffee, almonds, crème brûlée, dark and bitter chocolate, browned butter, charred thyme leaves, lemon juice fading into lime zest, and a little peat.

Finish: This is where this whisky shines and it's maritime nature develops. Very peppery and assertive, freshly cut grass, vinegar, mushrooms, oak soaked in sea water, ocean air. Gradually, peat smoke and burning leaves become more imposing. What seems like hours later, smoked paprika emerges.

Ok, so I know that the 2009 edition isn't everyone's favorite. Upon initial sniff and taste, I felt it was simply above average. Over time (about 45 minutes) and with a small amount of water, I witnessed this whisky evolve over and over, and become more than above average. The finish is what really impressed me the most about this whisky. I've never seen so many flavors develop assertively on a finish. It was remarkable. I was sitting on my couch, picking out flavors of the finish, and maybe a couple minutes later, I was thinking, "hang on, this thing is still going!" Anyway, my next purchase will be the 2004 edition, as I hear great things about it.

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Stu_R commented

Nice review :-). Brora is something of a passion of mine and even the "lesser" 30's and the 25 have been beautiful in their own right. The 2004 is incredible no doubt, a full on early 70's Brora with all the farm yard you could imagine. It's hugely expensive now of course and it is worth mentioning that the 2005/6/7 are all incredible and can sometimes be found for less than the 04 (due to its widespread reputation). The 07 in particular is pretty fab imo.

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