Brora 30 (1981 Chieftain’s Cask #1523 K&L Selection) Review

This is a sherry finished Brora from K&L that was released a few years back. It’s a 30 year old expression that’s bottled at 54.6% ABV.

Nose: Bright & fruity with pineapple, figs, vanilla, creme brulee. Quite different overall from the typical earthy/farmy Brora notes. The sherry I presume masks a lot of those hay/grassy/farmy notes.

Palate: Big, rich sherry notes up front followed by black cherry, seasoned oak, plums, and raisins.

Finish: Sherry lingers on as the oak dries out and the heat intensifies – a bit of a black cherry cough syrup note stands out

Rating: 92/100 – Not sure I’m a huge fan of sherried Brora as it covers up a lot of the notes I really enjoy in a typical Brora. Still a great dram nonetheless.

Value for the money: These originally retailed for $250, which for Brora is dirt cheap. Not sure what they’d go for now, but I wouldn’t pay over $250 for it.

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