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Brora 1978/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old

Brora 1978/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old


Closed distillery from Highlands.

Testing / Tasting
(91 points)


For the first time on the blog – Brora, closed, for many cult distillery from Highlands. My guest was distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2013, 35 years old – right age. It comes from an independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Lot nr RO/13/05, 46% ABV.

Brora 1978/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old

Brora 1978/2013 Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old

Brora was founded in 1819, and what is interesting, as Clynelish. In 1963, the owners built a new distillery on the other side of the road and moved there a name Clynelish, in this way the old distillery became the Brora. In 1969-1973 Brora was distilling a havily peated whisky, used mainly for blending. The subsequent production was already much milder. There were two stills. And so everything went on beautifully until 1983, when the distillery was closed. A similar fate befell many other distilleries then.

C: amber;

N: at first quite sweet, with vanilla, toffee and caramel, after a while the sweetness moves away a little, there are more vegetables – rhubarb, celery and fruits, including melon, peach, apricot, grapefruit, oranges, generally it became very pleasant and fruity, further mineral, somewhere in the distance I have a smoldering campfire and grilled meat; smell is constantly growing; after a moment more vegetable tones with a broth, for a while, cream ice cream, further herbs and traces of smoke, that’s interesting; with time I find here also black tea, tobacco, perhaps overripe apples;

T: a little sparkles and warms up, but after a while it passes, finely distributes in the mouth and settles on the walls of the mouth, there is also plenty of fruits – peach, apricot, orange and grapefruit, sweet with cream and vanilla ice cream, the taste of ice cream lingers long, a bit of wood; taste is characterized by multiple layers; after some time dark chocolate with salt appears, later I have got also grilled meat;

F: long fruity with traces of wood and a pinch of salt.

Score: 91.

Brora, Brora, Brora. Beautiful whisky with multilayered character. Despite 35 years traces of wood are delicate and pleasant, they give the whisky nobility and dignity. I don’t drink Brora every day, but I thought it would be more smoky. However, peat is here just right, it remains somewhat in the background and does not dominate the tasting experience. It is worth a try.

Comments (2)

  1. Tomek / Whisky i Ja

    7 February 2016 / 17:45

    Piękna Brora, jedynie szkoda że nie rozlewali jej w CSie. Mimo wszystko zazdroszczę! Dużo bardzo ciekawych butelek się ostatnio u Ciebie przewija 😉 Jest do kogo równać 🙂

    • LukLovesWhisky

      7 February 2016 / 18:27

      Tak, Brora rzeczywiście robi wrażenie. W ogóle wolałbym wszystkie single malty w CS ;), daje to większe pole do eksperymentowania i odkrywania, ale 46% to też poczciwy poziom. Pozdrowienia i do zobaczenia!!!


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