Brora 38 Year 1977 (2016 Special Release)
This 2016 Diageo Special Release of Brora single malt is an extra year older than the distillery's 2015 release for the same collection. And again, rumor has it that this may be the distillery's last appearance in the collection. Since its closure in 1983, falling victim to the era's oversaturated whisky market, single malt releases from this Highland distillery are now rare and hard to come by (and therefore, very expensive). Distilled in 1977 this highly sought-after expression enjoyed an undisturbed maturation for 38 years before being bottled at 48.6%. Only 2,984 bottlings were ever produced.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Stewed fruits star on the nose, along with light rose bud, vanilla, and lurking ashy smoke. Smoke comes on stronger on an overall soft and subtle palate. There's oak, ash, black pepper, and mint notes, as well as dark chocolate. Finish is quick, with campfire, spice, oak, and chocolate. Water provides more body and richness. Great flavor here—just lacking an extra oomph that would have made it a world beater."