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Brora1981 - Single Malt Whisky - Prima & Ultima Third Release

70cl / 44.1% ABV

Brora  1981 Prima & Ultima Third Release

The last release of 1981 Brora, this may well be the rarest publicly available Brora of all. Much of the Brora we know today is heavily peated, the American Oak hogshead and European Oak Sherry butt selected here show us a different side of the Brora story. Filled at a time when less whisky was being made, it was often less peaty allowing new aromas and tastes to shine through. Selected by Dr Craig Wilson, Brora 1981 is one of eight carefully curated whiskies in the third instalment of the Prima & Ultima series. Fragrant notes of scented candlewax dance with smoke and moorland flowers, leading to a smooth waxy texture that is sweet and lightly smoky. An unrepeatable gem from the last American oak hogsheads filled in the last distillation of the year on the 15th December 1977. Marking the end of the era known as the ‘Age of Peat’ this feal amber-hued legend is rich and tempting, complex and rewarding on the nose and palate with a unique ‘sweet peat’ character.

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Tasting Notes

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Appearance

Deep amber with copper lights. Reddish gold. No beading; very good, long legs.

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Body

Medium.

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Nose

Very mellow, dense and complex, with no prickle. Familiar soft and fragrant notes suggesting scented candle wax are accompanied by a light mineral oiliness and a mere hint of sweet toffee. More fragrant in time. Water simplifies these notes, without materially changing them.

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Palate

At natural strength, there is a textbook oily, smoothly waxy texture, while the taste is sweet overall with light saltiness and smokiness, becoming spicier, with Cayenne pepper at the back. Delicious straight. A little water gives a certain sweetness to the taste but is not needed.

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Finish

Long warming and lightly drying, with gingery spice, a peaty kick and a menthol-like cool aftertaste.

Region

Highlands

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