When Diageo includes old Brora — which was shuttered in 1983 — in its Special Release series, it’s a cause for celebration. Like Port Ellen, this one fortunately makes a regular appearance on the roster, and with this 38 year old expression, the oldest release of the 15 bottlings in the series, we get the chance to experience Brora at its grandest. Distilled in 1977, the whiskey is a blend of refill American American oak hogsheads and refill European oak sherry butts.
Ah, what a grand, expressive, and lush experience it is.
A traditional Highland-style malt whisky, the nose kicks things off with notes of golden raisins, fresh citrus, and a light lacing of barrel char — not quite smoky, but not woody either. On the palate, the body is lush and supple, rolling across the tongue with an initial rush of salt spray, followed by a rapid-fire attack of gingerbread, lemon peel, and golden raisins (again). Subtle with its Sauternes-like sweetness and clever with its integration of woody barrel notes, everything quickly comes into extreme focus, balancing beautifully on the tip of a pin.
And like that, it’s gone. No lengthy, lingering finish here — it’s an as ephemeral a dram as I’ve ever had, but damn if it isn’t beautiful while it lasts. DrinkHacker.com
97.2 proof. 360 bottles available in the U.S.
Limited Edition. Fifteenth of a limited series of annual releases, this is the oldest Brora we have bottled in this series to date. With only 2984 individually numbered bottles worldwide, stocks of this irreplaceable malt are now depleted.
The distillery, founded in 1819 as Clynelish by the Marquess of Stafford, cost only £750 to build. Today, that amount would only buy half a bottle. A superb, well-balanced single malt; robust, with breezy maritime notes on the nose, retaining distillery character even at this advanced age with more smoke, ash and peat than recent expressions.
Brora 38 YR Distillery Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Brora Distillery
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 1
- SKU #: 4816