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A total of 1,819 bottles are being released of the Brora 40 Year Old and bottled at a cask strength of 49.2% ABV. Each bottle is adorned with the Brora emblem of the Scottish Wild Cat – the crest of the distillery’s founder, the Duke of Sutherland, and also is encased in a deep burgundy velvet display case. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration
Nose: Cautious, with slight pickle at first, then sweet, smoky-peat wafts of treacle toffee, smoke with iodine. Rich, sweet fruit. Ripe figs. Raisins. Fire and brimstone. With water, hessian sacking, fine tweed, notes of the warehouse; all lightly harmonious, with elements of land, sea and sky.
Body: Medium, smooth.
Palate: An exquisitely smooth, lightly waxy texture and a powerful, rich, darkly sweet, savoury then finally smoky taste, with great balance, length and persistence. Richly winey and fruity throughout, with dried figs and dates. Spiciness and growing smoky warmth; white pepper. Best straight but also deliciously drinkable with a dash of water, which adds to the sweetness and brings up a minty note; suggesting mint imperials, whilst dialling back the darker character. All this is still underpinned by a smokiness that is also held more in check but still very much present.
Finish: Long, rich and sweetly warming, with more white pepper, subsiding to leave a lightly smoky aftertaste. With water, much sweeter and more mint-cool, and at the very end lightly drying