At the Dornoch Hotel Bar sitting down with a whisky from the Brora Distillery after visiting it earlier this day. A lovely 13 year old single cask bottling from the Cadenhead Authentic Collection. Distilled in May 1982 and bottled in January 1996 at cask strength 59,9%
Something I really needed to dive into deeper, trying to ignore all the influences of the bar around me focusing on the whisky, enjoying my first ever Brora single malt. Beside it is another Brora that I hope to also make some notes on, to compare the two different bottlers. When having the chance to try whiskies like this one should do...
The nose is very meaty and sweet. Thick creamy and has a heathery moss earthy feeling to it. Soft vanilla and dark coffee notes come forward together with the feeling of standing in a dunnage warehouse. Bit liquerish after some time and it has a strong candied ginger note to it, mixed with sultana, dried plums and nutty cereal with honey.
Moving on to the palate my first response was a bit omg... It is warm, sweet, rich, thick, creamy, fruity, chewy, but also fresh and full of dried fruits, raisin, vanilla, banana, tropical fruits, coffee, fudge and dark chocolate. It keeps revealing layers and has a long finish. A sweet, complex and rich dram. Wonderful stuff and scoring it an 8,5/10