Brora unveils £30,000 Triptych whisky collectionBy Melita Kiely
Silent Scotch whisky distillery Brora will release a trio of single malts aged from 38 to 48 years old, priced at £30,000 (US$41,450) for the collection.
Highland distillery Brora ceased operating in 1983, but is set to distil once again following a three-year restoration project by Diageo.
Each limited edition set of the Brora Triptych collection will comprise three 500ml bottles, and will include a personal invitation from Brora master distiller Stewart Bowman to visit and experience Brora in person.
Brora Triptych will be available from mid-May from the distillery upon the site’s completion, to celebrate Brora’s return. It will also be sold online via via brora.com, and through specialist retailers.
Bowman said: “My father was an ‘old hand’ at the distillery, and I grew up in the village with the top of the distillery’s bell tower visible from our kitchen window.
“In the years after Brora’s closure, I remember my father showing me the old cask ledgers and the records of those final casks distilled in 1983 and asking if Brora would return one day.
“It fills me with great pride that 38 years after the doors of Brora closed, more casks will now be filled, and we will be able to welcome people once again to this special place.
“It is our commitment that we will do justice to the Brora of old and hope to welcome visitors to our restored home as soon as that is possible. In the Brora Triptych, we aimed to celebrate the great whisky styles of the past for which Brora is known.”
Master blender Dr Craig Wilson selected the vintage single malts for Brora Triptych.
The first is Elusive Legacy (42.8% ABV), a 48-year-old single malt and the oldest public release from the distillery. Matured in casks from 1972, the whisky is said to have aromas of wood spice and peach tarte Tatin, with a ‘powerful rich maltiness’.
Age of Peat (48.6% ABV) is a 43-year-old heavily peated whisky drawn from casks of 1977. Tasting notes include aromas of vanilla, green apples and hints of beeswax, leading to a long, sweet finish of peaty smoke.
Completing the trio is Timeless Original (47.5% ABV), a 38-year-old expression from limited stocks of 1982. It is said to showcase the ‘distinct waxiness’ that Brora is known for.
Tasting notes include sherbet-like lemon peel and a touch of green grass.