Brora 1982 Single Highland Malt by Connoisseur's Choice

$1,550 AUD

40% 70 cl

Distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2002, this 20 year old is in the map label bottle of Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseur’s Choice series and has its original carton. Matured in refill Sherry butts with a nice fill into the neck.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Amber.

Undiluted: Nose: Dried fruit - figs, slight floral note also a spicy, cinnamon note. Palate: Peat reek, rich fruit and sherry wood.

With water: Nose: Floral note more to the fore - "Edinburgh Rock". Ozone notes also present. Palate: Peaty with salty edge. Some floral flavours mix with the fruit elements.

Body: Complex.

Finish: Subtle fruitiness. The whisky has a nice balance of Islay and Highland character.

This product is located in the United Kingdom.


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 .