Brora Annual Releases And any other Broras you may have...
Date and Time
Friday 23rd October 7:00pm GMT - Sunday 25th October
About... For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.
They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.
Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)
We look forward to seeing you beginning Friday evening...
Here's one from last night, just to get things going:
Brora 25yo 56.7% 2008 release
Nose: Sweet with hints of peat, but the peating level in this is very low. That doesn't detract from the quality of the dram though. The weight of barley sugar on the nose is intoxicating (no wait, maybe that's the alcohol). There is orange and lemon along with lapsang souchong tea. The way it all hangs together is brilliant. Palate: Massive barley sugar, seashells and wisps of smoke, crystalised fruits interwoven with subtle spices. Finish: Long, mouthwatering, heavenly. Comment: Brilliant Brora as usual, but its getting almost impossible to find let alone afford these days. Sob.
Who sneaked this tasting in ? Bring on the Brora...... Expression - Brora OMC 1982 19yo Year - Nov 1982 Age - 19yo ABV - 50% Cask / Bottle No. - Sherry Cask / 1 of 744 Bottles Colour - Bright gold Nose - Marmalade on toast at first , very sweet , quite citric as well , slight wisp of smoke . Palate - Again Citric , orange marmalade , almost orange essence , slight peatiness . Finish - long and orangey . Comments - Bottled Nov 2001 , a nice Brora if slightly unusual imo .
another one..... Expression - McGibbons Provenance 1975 25yo Year - Autumn 1975 Age - 25yo ABV - 43% Colour - Pale Gold Nose - Cut grass , pepper , very sea shore , also a hint of lemon . Palate - again Lemony , then a wave of peat , slight iodine . Finish - long and marmalade but not orange , quite sweet as well . Comments - Bottled Winter 2001 , shame this was bottled at 43% , i think it may have been a killer at a higher strength .
Douglas Laing Platinum 1972 - 2002 29yo 59.5% Thanks to Spirit of Islay for the sample.
Nose: Bung cloth and rice pudding, cocoa, citrus but its submerged in the creosote. No shortage of peat here. Earth, hemp and iodine. Simply massive. Palate: Someone has set a peat fire in my mouth. The peating level here is huge. There is barley there but it is smouldering. Finish: Glowing embers that linger for ages, before fading to ash. When the fire fades the barley returns. Comment: One of the heaviest peating levels I can remember in a Brora. A peat-freaks dream.
Expression - Brora 1977 24yo RM Year - 1977 Age - 24yo ABV - 56.1% Cask / Bottle No. - / No. 5306 Colour - Orange Marmalade Nose - Again Oranges on the initial nose , then the Brora iodine , slight butter (Pastry?) , Palate - very complex , very peppery , sweet (Marmalade) , iodine , barley sugar , peat . This dram just keeps on giving...... Finish - A long sweet finish , a touch of lemon and honey (Lockets cough sweets) Comments - bottled October 2001 , An incredible dram , the palate is so complex and lovely !
Expression - Brora OMC 1971 29yo Year - February 1971 Age - 29yo ABV - 50% Cask / Bottle No. - / 1 of 285 Bottles Colour - Golden Syrup Nose - Delicate at first.....who am i kidding , clears the nasal passageway , pepper , peat , Barley sugar , cut grass but always comes back to a peatiness . Palate - An incredible peatiness to it , almost goes to Fishermans friend , after a while peppery and a drop of lemon . Finish - Woah ! a great big dash of peat on the finish Comments - Bottled March 2000 , another outstanding Brora from the start of the 70's .
Last one of the night...... Expression - Brorageddon Year - March 1972 Age - 30yo ABV - 50.8% Cask / Bottle No. - 983 / 1 of 201 Colour - Polished Mahogany Nose - a deep sherriness infused with peat , cola cube sweets , a deep oakiness as well . A perfect sherry casked whisky , no naughty nastiness lying in wait for the unsuspecting nose..... Palate - Pretty much the same but the peat seems to cover the palate , the sherry seems to be at the front of the palate vanish over most of it and returns at the rear ! Finish - A very dry sherry finish interlaced with the peat . Comments - Bottled February 2003 for the Plowed Society , My favourite of the 3 plowed bottlings i've had .
Will have the 3 DLPS i've got tomorrow night during the chat .
Nose: More power! What an in your face dram. I love it. Dark bitter stewed oranges, heaps of tannins, prunes, coffee grounds and cocoa. And ocassionally through all this intensity there are some sugary vanilla notes. I've sniffed and gone to heaven. Palate: More stewed very bitter oranges, but tinged with a little sulphur. Leathery and delicious. Finish: An explosion of spices that gives waves of sensation that keep on coming for ages. The coffee lingers until the end. Comment: Forget a double Espresso, this is the way to start the day.
Some awesome sounding Brora's from SOI and Willie! Here's my lone Brora (at least for tonight anyway )
Douglas Laing Platinum 1977 - 2003 26yo 54.9%
Colour: Medium walnut Nose: Chocolate covered cherries, Christmas cake and light smoke. Palate: Creamy medium peat, cherries and spicy nutmeg Finish: Long and lingering, sweet and chewy. Late salt and smoke
This one completely surprised me. I have a Brora Signatory sample that I got from Sean (thanks Sean!), and it had a sharp, farmy nose with tons of mint as I recall. I'll try that one again tomorrow. As for this year's special release:
Nose: Sweet fruit and vanilla. Also some fresh wood. Maybe a hint of the farminess from the Signatory, but subtle and in the background. Is that a hint of smoke? It's fresh and edgy for a 30 year.
Palate: A thick mouth feel with fruits remaining and some nice peppery spice.
Finish: A little maltiness showing up now, with more wood, and finally some smoke coming through. Kind of like the subtle smoke that comes with the younger Highland Parks.
Wow, this is drinkable stuff! I was caught completely off guard. At $150, I would be all over a bottle of this. At $360, well, I'd need to be in a better financial situation. I sure am glad I got to try it, though.
Expression - Brora Douglas Laing Platinum 1972-2002 29yo 51% Year - 1972 Age - 29yo ABV - 51% Cask / Bottle No. - / 138 of 228 Colour - Polished Gold Nose - For 51% a very strong nose , sea air , salt , peat smoke and iodine . After a while citrus and bitter chocolate emerge . Palate - Intense peat and iodine ! Barley Sugar , very dry and oily , an incredible mouth feel . Finish - Long and warming with a barley sugared spiciness . Comments - Another wonderful early 1970's Brora , A privilege to taste .
Expression - Brora Douglas Laing Platinum 1970-2002 32yo 58.4% Year - 1970 Age - 32yo ABV - 58.4% Cask / Bottle No. - / 242 of 297 Colour - Bright Gold / Golden Syrup Nose - Fairly light and Maritime on the nose at first , then Iodine and pepper . Palate - Salty and peppery on the palate , quite hot , this one is closer to a "Skye" whisky than an "Islay" one . Again an incredible mouth feel . Finish - Long and peppery , very peppery ! Comments - Blind , i bet most people would go "Aah.....Talisker!" sorry but it would have to be an incredible Talisker to match up to this !!!! How many times can you say another Incredible 1970's Brora...... ?
Expression - Brora Douglas Laing Platinum 1972 - 2002 29yo 59.5% Year - 1972 Age - 29yo ABV - 59.5% Cask / Bottle No. - / 155 of 240 Colour - Bright Gold Nose - Salty , Maritime , peat , Citrus , peat , iodine , peat , get the idea ? Palate - Superbly peaty in the Gob !!! Sweet (That Barley sugar again) , tarry , Finish - Huge ! goes on for ever , peat , tarry , oh my ! Comments - When this first came out and we tried it on the chat i coined the phrase "Brorzilla! (Tm Spiritofislay.....) , i'll stick by that ! Another Blah Blah Blah........
pkt77242 wrote:No problem Jeff and speaking of that Brora here I go
Menthol, eucalyptus, slight smoke, and salt. Moss.
Burning leaves, brine and barley sugar. Almost a sugar cookie.
Brine and loads of mint. Very sweet mint.
It says refill sherry butt but you can't tell while drinking it. Nice combo of mint and brine.