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Colour:

Whisky

Producer:

Brora

Region:

Whisky

Appellation:

Highland

Brora, 34 Year Old, Highland, 2017 Release, 1982

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Tasting Note:

2017's Special Release Brora is the sixteenth in the series from this celebrated closed coastal distillery. Distilled in 1982, by which time far less peat was being used than during previous decades, it spent over 34 years in refill American oak hogsheads. 3,000 bottles have been produced.

Appearance: Deep gold.

Nose: At first maritime and mineral, with dried seaweed. Then waxed apples, damp straw, hints of honeysuckle and underlying touches of oily rags suggest a cider farm’s workshop in springtime. Spicier and slightly dusty tones of earth and browning leaves develop in the weightier, savoury centre, which shows fresh-peeled bark, turmeric and mace. There’s barley sugar and a hint of orange juice or tinned pineapple too, with travel sweets and green leaves, all on a faintly waxy base. The latter emerges more with water, as does the floral, herbal fragrance.

Body: Medium.

Palate: Starts sweet, with only a little of the waxy texture for which Brora is renowned, so at first it’s sharper than you expect, with fruit, chili and fresh-ground black pepper. As the heat subsides, fruity dark chocolate and soft barrel-char smoke appear, with damp oak, apples and aniseed. The heat slowly builds, as does the fruit. Water brings up the waxy texture, with spicy and mouth-cooling Szechuan pepper masked by chocolate, sweet grass and fruit sweets.

Finish: Some spice in the finish, as earthy chocolate, barley sugar and aniseed slowly fade to leave sweet-spicy oak, tart apple and chocolate-covered delight, with a final quick burst of black pepper and sweet fruit.

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