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07 Jun 2011

Brora 1972 (Douglas Laing Platinum)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Brora

Here’s a blind sample I received a couple of months ago. I was immediately impressed by the farmy / leathery nose and guessed correctly that it could only be Brora. This is my 700th post so I wanted to present something a little exceptional.

 

Brora 1972 / 2001 DL PlatinumBrora 29 yo 1972 (59,5%, Douglas Laing Platinum 2002, 240 btl.)

Nose: instant farminess and typically Brora, with sheep stable and manure. Earth and hemp. Then some maritime notes. The peat is well integrated and quite fruity. Beautiful layer of beeswax. A little honey and marmalade. Sweet pipe tobacco and leather. When digging a little further, I noticed some rice milk… and a little chocolate? Nice! Something minty and peppery as well (close to prickly iodine). Really impressive. Mouth: very peaty now with lots of tar and pepper. Rather sweet at first, but growing drier and more leathery, with a slightly bitter / earthy finale. Some oak. Drops of lemon. Again a slightly sharp iodine edge. Finish: goes on forever. Peat, tar, ashes, leather…

This Brora shows heavier peat than any other Brora I’ve tried. I think it’s even a little unbalanced on the palate because of this, but the nose is drop dead gorgeous. I’m not hoping to find a bottle, it will be too expensive anyway. Heartfelt thanks for the sample, Thomas!

Score: 94/100

Brora 1972 (Douglas Laing Platinum) 5 Ruben Luyten 2011-06-07
  • http://whiskybrother.com Marc

    Congrats on 700th post Ruben! That’s a seriously impressive accomplishment. Look forward to another 700. All the best.

    I’m not going to comment on the Brora – knowing I’ll probably never try this one makes me sad inside… ;)

  • Stuart Robson

    Fantastic work Getting to 700. You should be very proud; it really is quite an achievement to have been both so consistent in quality and consisant in output.

    Nice review to celebrate and one that sadly few
    will taste. It’s a cracker though, even if I only had a tiny sample in my glass when I tasted it.

    All the best for the next 700

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