Brora 2006 30 Years Old 6th Release

Brora 2006 30 Years Old 6th Release

$2,260 AUD

55.7% 70cl

This is the 6th bottling of Brora at the magical 30 years old and it is very much in the 1970s-style, which so typifies the best of Brora. There are overt citrus and medicinal notes to bear this out. Scoring 93 points from Whiskyfun's Serge Valentin says it all. This is bottle 1955 out of 3150  in total.

Tasting Notes

Colour: gold.

Nose: what’s striking at first nosing is the rather perfect combination of straight raw peat with soft and rounded nougatty notes. Highland shortbread and coal smoke, then the expected farmy notes (cow stable, wet dogs, farmyard), notes of apple peeling and fresh walnut, then a little linseed oil and damp earth (and chalk)… Plus just hints of horseradish or mustard. A tad less ‘wild’ than earlier batches in my opinion, but not quite a transition between the 30s and the 25 that was to follow this one. In other words, a true 30.

With water: totally Brora. More farmy notes and this superb kind of camphory/antiseptic notes that only old peated glories can display.

Mouth (neat): hugely huge, extremely powerful, sharp and pretty zesty, much less polished than on the nose when neat. Some lemon, mustard, a lot of raw ginger, green apples, cardamom, liquorice, tar… It’s not exactly brutal but it’s no philosophical malt, if you will. Maybe something of Port Ellen.

With water: lemon cake, sweet mustard, quince jelly, smoked tea, civilised kippers and marzipan.

Finish: long, with more ‘peated lemon’ and a little mint. Tar. Notes of lemon sprinkled oysters in the aftertaste.

Comments: a Brora that takes water extremely well. In fact, water is de rigueur here or you may miss the best part. I had thought it would be rounder when I nosed it undiluted but no, it’s a genuine, punchy, early-70s style Brora. There. SGP:267 - 93 points. (Whiskyfun – Serge Valentin)

This product is located in Australia.

Distillery

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 .