Brora 1972 Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice (Bot. 1997)

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A 1972 vintage Brora released by independent bottler Gordon & Macphail as part of the Rare Old series. Aged for around a quarter of a century before being bottled in 1997.


Colour: gold. Nose: we'll keep this short and sweet since this one's obviously very close to the previous 1972. Whether it's the extra year of maturation or not, not too sure but this one's a little bigger, with a little more vanilla and butterscotch, more almonds and walnuts as well… But I'm splitting hairs, we're obviously very close, it's only a notch bigger and rounder. Let's move on if you don't mind… Mouth: exactly the same feeling. Bigger but also rather sootier and ashier, so it's almost a peat monster. A little more cinnamon too and then a medicinal side that was rather more discreet in the 72/96. Iodine. The salty side is quite impressive too, sea urchins? Joking. Salted smoked almonds (not joking). Finish: a notch longer than the previous one's, very salty, smoky, a tad sour (raw cider), with always these almondy touches in the aftertaste. Comments: a little trouble again at the finish but otherwise, what a glorious old Brora again, even if it's probably not the easiest Scotch whisky ever. Ha ha. SGP:367 - 91 points.


    Distillery Brora
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    Bottle No./Released -/-
    Vintage 1972
    Age -
    Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
    Bottling Date 1997
    ABV/ Volume 40.0%/ 70cl
    Rating/SGP 91/367
    Cask Number -


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