Brora 34 Year Old-1982- Sixteenth Annual Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Brora 34 Year Old-1982- Sixteenth Annual Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland

70cl / 51.9%

This Brora 34 Year Old is the sixteenth of a limited series of annual releases. Only 3,000 individually numbered bottles from refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts that were filled in 1982.

A restrained Brora, with everything you’d want and hope to find in this legendary malt, finely integrated and smoothed out; the usual key-notes of waxiness and fragrant smokiness are much reduced, while the elegant taste also offers an uncommon and attractive note of Szechuan pepper.

Appearance: Deep gold, with good beading and slow legs.


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: The taste 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, chilli and fresh-ground black pepper. As the heat subsides, fruity dark chocolate and soft barrell-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.

Distillery Facts.

Founded in 1819 as Clynelish by the Marquess of Stafford, soon Duke of Sutherland. Cost to build £750. This would barely buy half a bottle today! One of Scotland's earliest purpose-built malt whisky distilleries.
Leased to James Harper, then Andrew Ross and George Lawson –all local men. Sold in 1896 to Leith blenders, Ainslie & Co. "A singularly valuable property, as the make has always obtained the highest price of any single Scotch whisky" Harper's Weekly1896.
Rebuilt & steam power introduced in 1897. Closed during 1931-38, 1941-1945. Stills direct coal-fired until 1961. New Clynelish distillery built 1967-8 and after briefly working together, old distillery closed.
Old distillery re-opened in 1969 to produce a heavily peated “Islay style” malt for blending during a shortage. Now named Brora. Closed in1983.
As a big whisky, well suited to long ageing in cask; only very small stocks now remain.
The first Brora 30 year old won a Gold medal at IWSC 2003. A 25 year old bottled in 2008 won Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009. A Rare Malts Brora 20 year old won the Trophy for Best Cask Strength Malt at IWSC2004.
Insider Fact
In the 1860s there was a gold-rush near the distillery in the Strath of Kildonan, Scotland’s very own Klondike. Gold is still found there and permits to pan for gold are still issued locally today.

More Information

Year: 1982
Location: Scotland
£1499.00 inc vat

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