Review: Brora 34 Years Old Limited Edition 2017

Another release in the Diageo Special Releases series from Brora, which was shuttered in 1983. This Highlands bottling was distilled in 1982 and has spent its entire life in ex-bourbon hogsheads. (Oddly, that’s the only photo we were provided, above.)

Brora is always a highlight of the Diageo Special Releases, and this year is no exception (even though it is a bit younger than some of the prior bottlings). All the hallmarks of a great Brora remain: A nose of sweet Sauternes, golden raisins, and a wisp of smoke. On the palate, it’s fully approachable at just under 52% abv, hitting the tongue with a roundness that is a lovely foil for the spikes of citrus that jut through and pepper the tongue. Golden syrup, some cocoa powder, cinnamon, and hints of lemon all make an appearance, before a finish that surfaces some herbaceous character along with a very light wood element.

Classic Brora — and hey, it’s cheaper than it usually is because it’s on the young side!

103.8 proof. 3,000 bottles produced.

A / $1700 / malts.com

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