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Brora, 40 Year Old, 200th Anniversary, NV

1x70cl £3,750.00

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Tasting Note:

Broras 200th anniversary 40 year old 1978 is, to put it mildly, a magnificent whisky. Hailing from an era that has come to be known as Brora’s golden age of peat it is proof that precision doesn’t always equate to more pleasure. Experimental and by all accounts rather rustic distillations between 1969 and 1983 resulted in a series of highly smoked malts produced from heavily peated Northern Highland barley - an unusual combination at the time. These malts would originally have been dream components for the master blenders adding complexity and interest to their final bottlings. The few barrels that remained untouched after all these years are today regarded with awe. No one could have known just how good these drams would become. Opening this bicentenary release the aromas hit you a metre from the glass. It’s a glorious, intense nose that fills the room with sweet smoke notes, hints of dairy farm, and then a maritime saline freshness. As you delve further you’re met with notes of heather and citrus then honeysuckle, jasmine, blond pipe tobacco and smoked hay. It’s a nose you could sit with for hours. The palate happily mirrors the aromatic complexity of the nose, complex nuanced layers band aid, smoke and peated water soon peel back to reveal scorched lemon and orange peel notes, cereals, chilli heat and ginger. The sweetness of a smoking hearth defines the long, detailed haunting finish. One could go on, but this is a whisky that should be experienced to be believed…

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