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To celebrate the reopening of the legendary Brora distillery, Diageo launches a very exclusive set with three historical malts. On the 19th of May 2021 the first cask with new spirit was laid down – a year later than plannen, but we all know the culprit. The reopening was celebrated in style with this Brora Triptich, a very exclusive set – limited to 300 worldwide – with three bottles of 50cl with the golden liquid, i.e. a 48 years old Elusive Legacy from 1972, a 43 years old Age of Peat from 1977 and a 38 years old Timeless Original from 1982. They each represent a milestone in the distillery’s history. Unfortunately I would need to take out another mortgage on my house to be able to afford a set, for it retails at around £30.000 (35.000 EUR), Brexit shenanigans not included. But next to the historical liquid you also get a personal invitation to the distillery for an exclusive tour in the restored distillery. I was fortunate to be able to try these three exceptional malts. We’ll try them from young (for lack of a better word) to old.
Brora 43 year Old 1977 Age of Peat
This is a vatting of malts from 1977 (the year in which Star Wars appeared on the silver screen and I spent weeks in the cinema as a 7 year old, but I digress). The name says is all: this is a Brora from the period in which they produced heavily peated malt to keep up with the blender’s demand.
Oh, now that’s completely different on the nose. It starts with plasticine and paint – the good kind – before lots of leather, tea, beeswax and lemongrass kick in. Lovely earthy notes – the ‘matured away’ peat? – upholstered with parsley and something that reminds me of pine cones and almonds. Origin chocolate? Cold ashes, hay, menthol and a midly salty note. Boy, oh boy, this is very good!
On the palate it’s an explosion of taste. Very layered and elegant. Beeswax, pineapple, apples covered with a midly smoky blanket. Warm. Cinnamon and tea leaves. Lots of earthy notes. Lightly drying and heavenly. Words are insufficient to describe the beauty.
Long, subtle, almost delicate finish on earthy notes and absolutely great.
This Brora is very sexy. I’m completely blown away.
My god! What an absolute privilege to have been able to try these malts. Unaffordable (to me) and legendary, tasted in good company on a sunny terrace. All these elements combined created an unparalelled experience. And yes, this whisky is grand. Words simply are not enough. Just like the balance on my savings account.