Berry Bros & Rudd has launched a new selection of own-label whiskies presenting classic styles of scotch.
The four blended malt whiskies include an Islay and a Speyside as well as the distinctive cask styles of sherry and peat. The line-up will be expanded as different flavours and finishes are required.
Each expression has been hand-blended by Berry Bros & Rudd spirits buyer Doug McIvor and the company’s brands heritage director, Ronnie Cox, aiming to create high-quality, accessible and perfectly balanced drams. They all have a recommended price in retail of £32 per 70cl bottle.
Doug said: “For excellence, I look for balance and complexity, maturity and texture. Equally, age is not king: maturity counts for much more.”
Ronnie added: “The name Berry Bros & Rudd in connection with wine and spirits means liquid in a bottle which exudes ever-trustworthy quality and flavour. It was with these values that Dougie and I assembled this range – a hugely enjoyable task.
“The result is a variety of top-quality blended malts not only delivering what they say on the label but a ‘go-to’ portfolio to suit a variety of palates and moods.”
The four whiskies are Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky at 44.2% ABV, Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky at 44.2%, Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky at 44.2%, and Peated Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky at 44.2%.
They join the re-launched Berry Bros & Rudd London Dry Gin to form The Classic Range.
Tasting notes from Berry Bros & Rudd
Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Many of Scotland’s most famous malts hail from Speyside, known for their approachable, fruity style and floral complexity. Our Classic Speyside Malt captures the very essence of the region, balancing subtle, honeyed fruit aromas with easy-going yet complex aromas.
Appearance: Golden syrup
Bouquet: Honeyed fruit, citrus and soft wood.
Palate: Creamy citrus, honey, rounded.
Finish: Soft fruits, mid-long.
Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
The Hebridean island of Islay is renowned for the distinctive peaty style and smoky flavours of its whiskies. Our Classic Islay Malt is a carefully selected blend of casks from some of the island’s iconic distilleries, creating a balanced, complex and distinguished smoky dram. Berry Bros. & Rudd
Bouquet: Beautifully integrated, the tar aromas and orchard fruit complement each other. The characteristic Islay peat note has the upper hand.
Palate: Full, approachable, creamy texture with some sweetness, and the quick reminder of its smoky heritage.
Finish: Long lingering peat smoke.
Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Sherry casks are considered a luxury in whisky making. These expensive barrels imbue a spirit with distinctive notes of deep fruit, citrus and nuts. Our Classic Sherry Cask Malt is blended from the best Sherry butts to deliver a balanced expression of this uniquely engaging style.
Appearance: Enticingly dark
Bouquet: Sherry prominence with secondary resinous and prune like notes. Invitingly seductive.
Palate: Well-balanced fruit on a sherry bed. Wonderfully satisfying and fulfilling.
Finish: Long, lingering sherry delight.
Peated Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Historically almost all scotch bore a distinctive smoky note, as peat was the most readily available fuel. Today, however, it is much less common. Our Classic Peated Cask is a tribute to the traditional, peated dram – with expressive bursts of soot and smoke complemented by the spirit’s fruitiness.
Bouquet: Well balanced, with peat aromas giving the edge. Fruity undertones deliver a rich complexity.
Palate: A fruity sweetness introduces the soft peaty character. Well balanced to perfection.
Finish: Mid-long, deliciously peated.