First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Brora 1982

How gorgeous are those legs?Barley sugar with a waxy undertone. A classic Highland dram that celebrates the lightness of whisky crafting back when times were simpler. Honey with a light hint of candied ginger, pear sweets with a hint of smoke that lingers on the backend. The tenderness of it comes from casks that have been smoothened out over the years by batches of new make.

The palate is humble, sweet with just that wax layer coating the tongue, giving the dram a bit of texture. Orange nectar with a wee touch of oak spices. The woodiness gradually comes out as does the soft peat.

A rather poetic finish with traces of smoking gliding in and out of the faint honeyed barley note.

It’s a whisky that nurses and understands..