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A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt
From a closed distillery at Brora on the Sutherland coast
The equal-oldest Brora we have bottled in this series
Thirteenth of a limited series of annual releases
Annual allocation has extended availability of this irreplaceable malt but stocks are now depleted
From refill American Oak and European Oak casks over 35 years old that were filled in 1978.
Only 2,964 individually numbered bottles worldwide
Appearance: Pale yellow gold. Moderate beading, lingering.
Nose: Cautious and subtle, briefly savoury with notes of dry salt in an aroma which somehow combines old-fashioned canvas tents with juicy fruit compote! Melted candlewax becomes the key scent, with a whiff of fragrant smoke. Then, quickly, sharp, sweet high notes of ripe red apples, pears and pear drops, broadening to glazed red berries in patisserie. Grainy, clean, fresh and focused. Eventually subtle, with sweet smoke, honey, lemon zest and barley sugar. Classic at reduced strength, with scents of apricot or moorland floating above a slightly waxy base.
Body: Medium to light..
Palate: Cooling, then surprisingly vibrant and hot; lightly oily, but not as waxy as some expressions. Light sweetness, with ripe autumn fruits, then distinctly salty, with some smoke behind. Things grow pleasingly coating, with more smoky notes and a little chocolate cake. Water brings out the classic Brora virtues; now it’s lightly waxy, chewy, sweet and tangy, still with some salt, and more rounded overall.
Finish: Peppery-hot, tongue-tingling and sharply warming. Drying, supple oak with cinnamon, mint and pine resin. A memory of the coast: distant sand, fresh ozone and smoke.