Nose: Floral and perfumy, tinged with peat, gasoline and motor oil at the back of the nose. Palate: Soft rubber and peat, very chewy then woody bitterness, more fuel flavors, like licking a gas station. Finish: Motor oil, rubber and peat.
Quirky, rough around the edges but it grows on you.
N: light and woody, the peat hides behind a light bourbon cask fruitiness. P: Deliciously fruity and sweet peat, delicate and refined (the others on this sire don't seem to appreciate delicate and refined). F: Lots of fruit, gingery peat, mixed floral notes. This is my style!
Ahhhh yea! Warm inviting peat. There's a lot here; vanilla, wax, floral tea and minerals. I even get faint hints of sherry in this. While I don't think there's as much going on in the palate, this does not disappoint. Its herbal and waxy but you get more of the medicinal peaty qualities here with a buttery mouthfeel. It does start to dry out toward the finish which is sweet smoky peat.
Surprisingly this older Brora had more peat than the two younger ones (23 and 25 year) I had prior. Its definitely a cut above those in balance and structure.
Retate 2018 B+/A- N: Cinnamon chewing gum, oolong tea, popcorn butter, mineral, white wine and wet rusty metal. Quite floral and grassy (open meadow with tiny flowers in bloom). Tons of maritime stuff in the back : brine, sea salt, grilled oysters and ocean breeze. Really nice! P: Bright and balanced palate. Fresh cut yellow lemon, green apple skin and bosc pear. The peat and smoke are present but not overwhelming. Palate is much more compact compared to the evocative nose. F: Charred oats, cinnamon and bitter wax. While the finish lingered, it does disappear in an instant.