Founded in 1819, along the lush coastline of northeast Scotland, the iconic Brora distillery is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year with the launch of one of its most treasured creations — the Brora 40-Year-Old limited edition single malt Scotch whisky.
What makes this specific single malt so special is its unusual history. It was in 1983 that the distillery was shut down due to a trying economic period. In its deep cellars, however, lay a collection of casks carrying within them a whisky that would quietly age with time, growing richer in flavour and body with every passing year. It is this whisky that was recently sought out by Diageo Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson, who chose 12 of these American oak hogshead vintage casks that reflected the Age of Peat.
“From 1969-83, there was a new experimentation phase in production and the Brora distillers created a smoky malt used heavily-peated Northern Highland barley. Used primarily in blends at the time, the few casks that are left from this Age of Peat, matured remarkably well and what remains is a multi-layered and complex Single Malt of astonishing quality,” says Wilson.
Of remarkable quality, indeed, the Brora 40-year-Old has a supremely smooth texture, with an intensely sweet yet smoky flavour. The fruitiness of dried figs and dates mingles with the warm spiciness of white pepper to create a long-lasting rich taste. The addition of water brings out an unexpected minty aftertaste that first surprises and then charms.
The amber coloured single malt is presented in a rich burgundy velvet case, and the elegant bottle is engraved with the Scottish Wild Cat, the crest of the Duke of Sutherland, the founder of the Brora distillery.
The Brora 40-Year-Old limited edition is available in Singapore from Diageo Rare & Exceptional and is priced at SG$6,700 for a 70cl bottle, inclusive of duties and taxes.
Interested parties can make enquiries at PrivateClientSG@Diageo.com