OK, this is a bit weird. I wrote tasting notes for the 12th Release of Brora, but those have not yet been published and now this one comes along: the Special Release 2016. I tried it at the recent festival Spirits in the Sky and would like to share my notes, so here they are. But those of the 35 year old are coming soon, I promise.
Old school nose, wonderfully waxy, full of diesel fumes, camphor, wet earth and moss. Add some autumn leaves after a shower. Hint of goat stable. Polished leather. Hot metal. Hint of sea breeze. Subtle smoke. Actually quite introvert, but wonderfully complex.
The arrvival is rather soft, but also immediately very dry. I can taste the wood. While it does have a sweet side, there is no fruit in there. Some sugared almonds maybe. Then it becomes like a tea that is over infused, followed by ashes and tar, liquorice and paraffine.
The finish is medium long, losing it smokiness quickly and leaving the mouth completely dry.
Not the best Brora I have had so far, but still up there with the best. Between 1500 and 2000 EUR. Prohibitively expensive and quite unaffordable to me, but very good indeed. No doubt about that.