Posts Tagged “Brora”

Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

Just a week into the new year, and it seems like the right time to taste a Brora distilled in 1983, the distillery’s final year of operation. In the picture from 1930, of course, is the Clynelish distillery, put out of commission in 1968 after the building of the new, modern distillery, after which the…

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A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

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A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

The Brora was the only peated whisky in the Gone But Never Forgotten tasting, and was the anchor against which all other whiskies were nosed. Diageo’s Colin Dunn is not one to do things by the book, and his tastings leap all over the place between the whiskies in the glasses. There’s method to the…

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

I’m long overdue on this next series, looking at some of the basic expressions out there on the market. Coming off a series of independent Clynelish bottlings, it’s fitting to start the ‘back to basics’ series with the Clynelish official bottling. In 1991, United Distillers (later the heart of Diageo) released a series of entry level…

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

One of the really fun things about regularly exchanging whisky samples with friends, is the ability to get to some bottlings deep in their collections, those that are no longer available on the market, one-off single casks. In case you snoozed while that very limited supply was sold, it’s gone. A curious Clynelish bottled in…

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

Today’s offering is a 29 year old Clynelish that was distilled in the year following Brora’s closing, and shares many of the Brora characteristics. Being a SMWS single cask, don’t get your hopes up for this to be a regularity, but this cask is very special in that way. It’s a refill ex sherry butt,…

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

I like heavier, full bodied whisky, and Clynelish (especially if not chill filtered) is right out there in front of the pack, known for its waxiness and heft. The modern day Clynelish distillery was built in 1968, with stills that are the exact replicas of the old Clynelish distillery which was built in 1819 (later…

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One more Brora to usher in 2015 – The Rare Malts 20

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One more Brora to usher in 2015 – The  Rare Malts 20

Truth be told, Brora was never meant to be anything more than a stopgap for DCL (the heart of today’s Diageo), to produce peated whisky for Johnny Walker due to a drought on Islay in 1968 causing Port Ellen to run dry. Thus, to alley fears that peated whisky production would fall short by some…

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We’ve put 2014 to rest, and Start 2015 with a Nifty Brora

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We’ve put 2014 to rest, and Start 2015 with a Nifty Brora

Last night was one for friends, family and drams. Starting off the year with a bang, we’ll take this weekend to review some really special drams, then return to the independent bottler’s Laphroaig series. Before becoming Diageo, United Distillers launched the Rare Malts Selection (RMS) in 1995. Bottlings under this series went on for 10 years,…

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Berlin as a Whisky Destination – Part One

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Berlin as a Whisky Destination – Part One

You’ve heard a lot about Berlin as Europe’s culture capital, the city revived by the wall coming down. Berlin also happens to be one of the most popular vacation destinations for Israelis, and I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and come to Berlin for an extended weekend. Not being the clubbing type, my days…

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