This was part of the 2013 Diageo Special Release. It’s a 35 year Brora bottled at 49.9% ABV. Brora is a legendary distillery that was closed in 1983 unfortunately.
Nose: Intense smoke with subtle peat and barley. A lot of sweet notes tucked away in the smoke – strawberries and cream primarily.
Palate: Spiced malt, rich oak, black pepper – nice blend of sweet/smoke. Peat is gentle at the tip of the tongue. Classic farm notes with copious hay.
Finish: Very long finish – sweet and salty malt with smoke and peat fading gently.
Rating: 96/100 – One of my favorite malts I’ve ever had, and my favorite Brora expression I’ve tried.
Value for the money: Brora is crazy expensive and only becoming more expensive over time. This retailed for around $1,000, and if you’re looking for a legendary malt and have the disposable income, I’d highly recommend it.