Brora 1981 Dun Bheagan 24 Year Old Single Highland Malt

$1,530 AUD

48.5% ABV 70 cl

 Distilled in December 1981 and bottled in 2006 within the Dun Bheagan range of rare whiskies by William Maxwell & Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd., this 24 year old Brora was matured exclusively in fino sherry butt #1524 which yielded 726 bottles.

In original presentation box. Non-chill filtered. Fill well into the neck.

Tasting Notes:

 Nose: gentle, closer to Clynelish than to the peatier Brora profile. Waxy notes, wet leaves, broken branches and a hint of apples. Hints of hay and heather. Limestone. Underneath there are some rounder, sweeter sherry notes. 
Mouth: fresh, with a short boost of jammy, fruity sweetness (probably the fruitiest of all the Broras I’ve had so far) and then more typical, light mineral notes. Red apples, honey and oranges. Then some light peppery notes, smoke and chocolaty touches. Light beeswax too. 
Finish: long, with more fruity notes, honey, some nutty flavours and a dose of oak.
(Whisky Notes)

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 .