BRORA 38Y ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
90/100 Whiskey Base
The Diageo Special Releases 2016 bottling of whisky from cult-closed distillery Brora. This is a classic dram from the distillery, balancing fruit, smoke and a softly farmyard-tinged character.
Nose - Waxed boots and jackets, damp blankets and dogs, meaty touches with a hint of the farmyard, autumn-leaf bonfires, musty cheese rind (in a good way), and a touch of tinned pineapple.
Palate -Soft and sweet, with sugared almonds and milk-chocolate-covered hazelnuts balanced by a light floral sweetness and a background of earthiness and hay. Sweet licorice touches build along with red fruit gums and gentle smoke.
Finish - Icing sugar, dark chocolate, earthy smoke, and soft spice.
-Billy Abbott (TWE)
Brora was founded in 1819, originally under the name Clynelish. The distillery was initially intended to take some proportion of the local whisky supply away from the smugglers. In 1896, James Ainslie & Heilbron, a Glasgow-based blending company, acquired the distillery and rebuilt it. Brora still retains the floor maltings and kiln that were then installed.