Brora 21 (Rare Malts 1977/1998) Review

This is a 21 year Brora distilled in 1977 and bottled in 1998 at 56.9% ABV.

Nose: Classic Brora – sun-dried hay bales, freshly plowed field, corn husks, a bit of a salty, playdough characteristic to the malt – toasted marshmallows, and fresh grass clippings.

Palate: Very sweet up front with a viscous mouthfeel – dried grasses with a bit of anise – earthy, fresh oak and a big kick of pepper.

Finish: Burnt hay with rotted oak and heavily spiced chai.

Rating: 93/100 – Up there with some of the OBs I’ve had in terms of quality.

Value for the money: These are going around €800 or so at auction, and like all Brora, you’re going to pay a pretty penny for them. I wouldn’t pay that outright for a bottle of this, but I might trade at that value as the OBs are now well over $1000 these days.

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