Brora 1975 25 Year Old Provenance by Douglas McGibbon & Co Ltd.

$1,530 AUD

43% ABV 700 ml

An autumn 1975 distillation, bottled in the winter of 2001, a full 25 years later. It is part of the Provenance series of single malt whiskies of Douglas McGibbon & Company Limited, a label of Douglas Laing, the prominent Glasgow whisky merchants. It reflects natural colour and is non-chill filtered, features of the Provenance range. It comes in a colourful, wordy box to match the equally colourful and wordy label!

Tasting Notes

Nose: Classic Brora notes right away – the quintessential farm malt. Freshly tilled soil, hay, soft peat, old barnwood with some ground cinnamon sticks. This has a sweeter profile than typically found in Broras.

Palate: Nose transitions nicely with all the farm notes leading off with root vegetables, damp hay, slightly smoked oak, and again a lot more sweetness here than usually found with Brora.

Finish: Fresh soil and mild oak linger with peat, decaying leaves, and black pepper.

This product is located in Australia.


Brora Distillery

The original Brora distillery dates back to 1819 when it was built by the Duke of Sutherland in connection with the Highland clearances.  It was then known as Clynelish, and was completely rebuilt in 1898. Through various changes in ownership it eventually became the property of Distillers Company Limited (now Diageo).  A new malt whisky distillery was built in 1968 alongside the existing one, which was known for a period as Clynelish ‘B’, whilst the new unit became simply Clynelish. However, following legislation prohibiting two distilleries having the same name, Clynelish ‘B’ became Brora in 1975. The latter became part of the cull of malt whisky distilleries in 1983 and never went back into production Nevertheless, it has become something of a legend with a strong following amongst collectors and investors alike, which is reflected in the steady price appreciation of both official and independent bottlings. Here we have examples of both. We have an extensive inventory of rare Brora’s and will add them to the selection as we go along. The distillery’s coastal location has greatly influenced the character of the whisky in terms of both taste and bouquet.

Brora is rated as the 4th most collectable label in Lew Bryson’s excellent book “Tasting Whiskey”. The recent announcement by Diageo of their intention to bring Brora back into production can only enhance the value of surviving bottlings of the original Brora and perhaps even more so once the new Brora’s are eventually made available which will be some years hence.

In order to get the full picture please see the entry for Clynelish under Single Malt Gems .