Wednesday, April 07, 2021


Diageo, has today announced the launch of a special one-off set of rare releases from its Brora distillery, which closed in 1983.

The three whiskies in the Brora Triptych collection, which are said to each represent a distinct style of Brora’s proud and storied heritage, are being released in celebration of the restoration of the Highlands based distillery.

Diageo launches rare Brora distillery collection

The three 50cl whisky set, which is intended to be appreciated together, and is a showcase of the distillery’s most famous three styles, is comprised of:

Brora Triptych Elusive Legacy (42.8% ABV) is a 48 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1972, and is the oldest ever public release from the distillery.

Brora Triptych Age of Peat (48.6% ABV) is a 43 Year Old heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1977, and is said to be a classic Brora style from the late 70’s.

Brora Triptych Timeless Original (47.5% ABV) is a 38 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1982, and is said to be a more modern and refined style which returns to lower peating levels.

Each collectible set of the Brora Triptych will be accompanied by a personal invitation from Brora’s Master Distiller Stewart Bowman to visit and experience Brora first-hand.

Born in the town of Brora and with a long family connection to the distillery, Bowman worked alongside a host of artisans, whisky-makers and archivists in the restoration of the distillery buildings and its whisky and will carefully oversee the creation of new Brora spirit upon its return.

Commenting on the launch, Stewart Bowman, said: “The stories of Brora are woven into my own history and I am honoured to soon be able to share these stories with others. 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 thirty-eight 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.”

In October 2017, Diageo announced a £35 million investment programme to resurrect both its Brora and Port Ellen distilleries. 

The Brora Triptych collection, will be available later next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £30,000.

Posted by Steve Rush