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22 Mar 2013

Brora 25 years old (2008)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Brora

Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the closure of Brora. Not exactly a happy date, but a good reason to dig up a bottle of this legendary distillery. This Brora 25 year old was the only time Diageo had a special release younger than the usual 30 years (and then 32yo and 35yo).

 

 

Brora 25 years 2008Brora 25 yo
(56,3%, OB 2008, 7th Edition, 3000 btl.)

Nose: being a 1980’s Brora, it’s luckily not too mineral. Elegantly smoked, nice fruits (nectarine, lemon) and a subtle grassiness / leafiness. Greasy notes. Almonds. Soft sea air. After a while also a distinct nuttiness. Really good but different from most 30 year-olds. Mouth: fairly dry start, very spicy (pepper, mustard, ginger). Slightly rough around the edges. Then a wave of sweeter notes (pear drops, apples, lemon) and smoke. Hay. Liquorice. Walnuts. Finish: long, spicy with light tarry notes and horseradish.

Even though it’s not on the same height as some of the 30yo’s, this is still great whisky. It finds a good balance between the mineral sharpness and the fruity softness. Originally around € 230, now easily over € 300 in auctions.

Score: 90/100

Brora 25 years old (2008) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-22

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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