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Bottled in 2006, this one is a doozy. No, it's not as farmy and smoky as some other erstwhile Brora's, but it was absolutely a stunner. I loved every drop of the stuff.
Nose: Caramel, decadently rich barley grain, hint of peat, heather, indefinable magic.
Palette: Marzipan, caramel, smoke, sea salt, hay, butter brickle, Anjou pear, masterful blending of other less definable flavors in a truly amazing way.
Finish: Toffee, biscuit, nougat, light smoke, gentle peat, sweet cream, autumn rain in a stand of oak trees.
The finish lasted 33.3 seconds on my tongue. I timed it and did not look at my phone when I stopped the stop watch. The number caught me off guard. Weird.
To make matters worse, when I took a picture of the whisky in my glass a few minutes later, three ghoulish faces appeared in the recorded image, as if reflected in the glass.
The bartender was so struck by the disconcerting likenesses, that she asked me to text her a copy of the photograph from my I-phone. I really don't understand why people like this type of thing so much. I wish it hadn't happened to me.
I would post a copy of the ghoulish pic from my photobucket account here in this review, but I don't know how to do it without allowing access to my whole photobucket library, which has some private photos in it. If somebody knows how to post one pic, I would be happy to email it to them.
Truly, the pic was utterly bizarre and spooky. Mick, the owner, chuckled when he saw the photo on my phone and said it must be ghosts from the closed Brora distillery. He then took me into the back room and showed me a nice big photograph on the wall of the old Brora distillery. I believe the photograph shows the distillery after it has been mothballed.
Other people in the bar who wanted to see the photo were a little spooked by it. I guess the pub (Highland Stillhouse) is rumored to be haunted. It is a very old building by Oregon standards.
I added no water to this glass, nor did it need any. The bottle was approximately half empty after my glass was poured. I don't know how long it has been open. I don't know the ABV.