This is the 2014 Diageo Annual Release Brora which was aged 35 years and bottled at 48.6% ABV.
Nose: Freshly dug earth with strawberries and dried hay. Subtle brine, peat is barely there but present if you go digging. Dry old oak with a slightly nutty profile.
Palate: Big farm notes in traditional Brora fashion – musty hay, old oak soaked in salt water, round and earthy.
Finish: Quite dry with oak turning slightly bitter – finish quite light overall with very subtle peat, brine, and hay
Rating: 93/100 – Very good overall, but not quite as good as the 2013 Brora 35 which is one of my favorite drams of all time.
Value for the money: These retailed for $1,000-$1,300 which is about a 30% increase over the Brora 35 from 2013. If you’re looking to spend that kind of money on a malt, I’d take the 2013 Brora 35 over this one and save a little bit.