A year ahead
of the Brora distillery reopening Diageo
has released a limited edition Brora 40
Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition
Single Malt whisky which they have
bottled to commemorate two centuries
since distilling began in the now iconic
Diageo has unveiled a limited edition Brora 40 Year Old 200th Anniversary
Edition Single Malt whisky
which they have bottled to commemorate two centuries since distilling began in
the now iconic distillery. Reflecting the year the Brora distillery opened, there are
1,819 bottles of the Brora 40 year old available. The whisky has been drawn from
12 casks of vintage stocks from 1978 and is said to offer a rare glimpse into a
golden era of Brora’s past.
As I am sure you will all know by now,
Brora’s gates are scheduled to reopen next year, after some 36 years of the
distillery being quiet. Diageo has been meticulous in the current restoration of
Brora which is underway to bring the legendary whisky house back to
life brick-by-brick. To welcome this new era and celebrate the past craftsmen
that made Brora over its 200-year history, comes this new release 40-year-old
expression. Diageo Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson has selected just 12 American
oak hogshead casks from Brora’s vintage stocks to celebrate a moment of the
distillery’s history: The Age of Peat.
In searching for the casks for this release, Dr Wilson worked alongside the
Diageo Archive Team that had unearthed original Brora production records as part
of their ongoing work to assist in the distillery restoration. This allowed the
master blender to identify the years at which this now revered smoky style of
Brora was at its peak, and following careful nosing of the individual casks, Dr
Wilson made his selection: a 1978 40 year old Single Malt which they
describe as having immense complexity that perfectly reflects this moment of
Dr Craig Wilson Diageo Master Blender commented: "Of all the stories of Brora,
there is one that seemed particularly fitting to tell on its 200th Anniversary.
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. Little did the craftsmen at the time know,
they had created a masterpiece. It is emblematic of the varied past of the
distillery that makes it so special to all that know it: a humble story of
experimentation, craft and happy coincidence."
Being the first official bottling of
Brora since it bowed out of the Diageo Special Release line up back in 2017 I
would expect this to be sought after by whisky connoisseurs and collectors. The
Brora 40 Year Old is presented in a deep burgundy velvet display case, the
bottle is adorned with the Brora emblem of the Scottish Wild Cat – the crest of
the distillery’s founder, the Duke of Sutherland.
The Brora 40 Year Old 200th anniversary limited edition has been bottled at
49.2% ABV and has a price tag of £4,500 a bottle, you will soon find it available from specialist online whisky
retailers such as