Nose: Quite a closed nose for a Brora, with crystallised fruits, quince and reserved sootiness. There’s not a whole lot going on actually.
Palate: Spicy, with chocolate-covered honeycomb (ok, Crunchie bars), pine oil, hickory and rosemary smoke (that sounds like a rather specific tasting note, and it’ll make a lot of sense come the release of a fascinating little treat from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth!).Maybe some apple peel too.
Finish: Sweet and smoky, wood ash, pepper and aniseed on the tail.
Overall: Not the usual bruiser you expect from Brora, but a very fine whisky nonetheless.