First Impression: Brora Aged 38 Years

[48.6%・38 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2984 Bottles]

Nose:

A lavish wave of maltiness, uncompromising with its oily goodness fully intact, arrives with sensational aromas comprising of sage, thyme and rosemary burning up in the background.  Of course this delivers that fine coating of wax, meanwhile it softens up and stretches on, revealing a comforting maritime breeze that carries soft vanilla grains.

Palate & Finish:

Gentle, satisfying, complex.  Yet it’s still empowered.  A waxy top note with the gradual evolution of the smoke lifting the veil of this beauty.  Coconut crisps and lemon peels with a generous dose of natural tropical sweetness that is cleverly contrasted with the clean dryness from the oak alongside subtle ashiness and coastal influence; cumulating into a finish that’s equal parts classy and dreamy, a profound experience that simply must not be hurried.

Thoughts:

Superbly selected and blended, may be it’s hard to believe, but I think we will look back and realise that this belongs in the same conversation with some of the other great Broras.

☆☆

-Nicholas