Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Brora 1978

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Beautifully dense honey and rhubarb jam on the nose. Peat smoke seemingly soft, but firmly weaved into the aroma. Dig deeper we come to another layer of honey, waxy, but more subdued with peppermint and dry mineral spices on the rise. Rose strawberry jam overtone and a few drops of…

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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…

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First Impression: Brora Aged 30 Years Bottled in 2006

To me, a distillery is like a puzzle, with its various expressions like smaller pieces joint together forming a broader picture… and unfortunately due to my age I have never really quite made out what Brora looks like. Luckily, bars like Auld Alliance are like archives of random puzzle pieces where whisky nerds like myself get to have our wildest…

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First Impression: Brora 14th Release Aged 37 Years

A 37 Yo out of the 1977 vintage from the lost Highland distillery, I was lucky to taste this a while back at a tasting where Diageo’s 2015 releases was showcased. Crumbly whisky tablets upon a fine layer of wax and a slight citrus presence on the nose initially, it’s closely followed by the cowshed peat bringing in…

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