Brora 38 Year Old 1977 Special Release 2016 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky)

Diageo announced in 2017 that it was re-opening the Brora Distillery located in the Highlands of Scotland in 2020. Having closed the doors in 1983, it left Brora single malts to appreciate in collector status and in value significantly. This 38 year old Special Release was bottled in 2016, and was distilled in 1977. It was matured in American Oak hogsheads, and European Oak butts. With only 2,984 bottles, this one is number 2,103.

Tasting Notes
This is like nosing the hot engine of an old Aston. Bakelite, castor oil, petrol, fumes, tyres… It’s not very expressive, in fact, but it’s one of the most elegant noses I’ve been given to put under my nostrils in recent months. Or perhaps years. Also love these whiffs of ‘old books under the rain’, carbon paper, manure, autumn leaves (under the rain as well), damp earth, moss… Oh and these notes of new electronics, when we used to unpack a new stereo, around 1975… And the camphor is there as well, a bit of seaweed , paraffin oil, perhaps tinned sardines…

I had thought it would have gotten a little shy – at least shier than younger expressions – but not at all, it still roars and kicks you. What’s really remarkable is how dry it is, it’s even drier than the driest manzanilla! Ashes, bitter green tea, liquorice extracts, artichokes, tar… You’d almost believe you’re eating tiger balm at times. Well, I imagine. More wax and paraffin as well, mints, perhaps a little tarragon, bitter almonds for sure… What a ride! There are even hints of very old Sauternes that’s integrally digested its sugar.

Long, still bone dry, with more artichoke and ashes, a sublime dryness.
Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

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Diageo released this 2016 bottling as part of its annual Special Release program, with some believing they would never see another Brora release as the distillery has been out of action for over 36 years. Considered one of the 'Lost' distilleries this and the Port Ellen releases often take out top prize for the most expensive of the special releases.
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Case Qty1
ABV48.6%
ColourPremium Spirits
VarietyScotch Whisky
Vintage38 Year Old
BrandBrora Distillery
Country of ManufactureUnited Kingdom
RegionHighland (Scotland)
StateImported
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