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Berry Bros Tweet Tasting: Perhaps best tasting of the year

By Miguel in Featured , Bunnahabhain , Isle of Jura , North of Scotland , Littlemill , Berry Bros

Incredible evening with Berrys Bros & Rudd Whisky, Steve Rush and the rest of the amazing panel of tasters with @OliverKlimet, @cowfish, @BBRrob, @weheartwhisky, @EdinburghWhisky and @themisswhsiky between others under the #BerrysWhisky hashtag. (By the way, follow me @whiskywardrobe if you aren’t already :) )

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This tasting has been quite an odyssey for me. The parcel was supposed to arrive home at beginnings of the week and it was Wednesday and it still haven’t arrived yet. I was starting thinking that I may miss the most incredible Tweet Tasting of the year so far.

When I arrived home I saw a note from the postman that said my parcel has been attempted to be delivered but that I wasn’t at home. Shit!. It continued reading like please, take this note to your post office to retrieve it no sooner that next day. Fuck!

Tweet tasting day! Back from work, yeah, the stuff that pay the whisky bills. I get my car and get the parcel! Only two hours for the tasting to begin. As someone said it was a real close shave! But there I was!.

The presentation of the samples is simply gorgeous with a very nice book explaing what Berry Bros are about and several pages write tasting notes. Looking at the photos of the shop I really wonder I chose wisely when visiting Milroy’s of Soho instead of Berry Bros… ( Did I? )

Berry Bros and Rudd

Established at No.3 St. James’s Street, London since 1698, Berry Bros started as a wine merchant, described by Charles W. Berry as “the closest link between people that make the wine and people that drink it”. Well said sir!.


(Photo by Bill Reid Photography)

Soon and fast spirits became a mainstay of Berrys’ business along as wines as Sherry, Madeira, Port and French wines.
Nowadays Berry Bros and Rudd is has it own range of Single Malt and Grain whiskies, Cognacs, Armagnacs and Rums all of them sourced from the very best crafters, and they are really not joking about it.

I have learnt that Berrys Bros is behind Cutty Sark, The Glenrothes Vintage bottles and Blue Hanger. I definitively want to put my lips on that Blue Hanger. I have only read good things about it.

The whiskies

For most tweet tastings I have done with Steve, I have joined but I have no clue what I was going to taste until the whiskies arrived home. This was no different. But just a few days ago, while at work I got an email explaining the drams we were going to enjoy. I couldn’t but to start laughting. “Oh my! A 1973 North of Scotland?! Oh No! Oh no! 1976 Jura?! A 1992 Littlemill?!! WTF! It is Christmas day already and I forgot?”.

This is definitively one of the best tastings flights I have done this year… and I have tasted quite a few drams so far…

Hey, but let’s talk whisky, enough chit chat. Time to tweet!

First dram of the night was the cask strength Littlemill. What?! Before a 46% grain whisky? Serious? Well, let’s give it an opportunity.

Littlemill 1992 Berrys’ Own

“Gorgeous floral experience! This lost distillery whisky sings about forgotten Springs we enjoyed”

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Littlemill 1992 / 20 Year Old / Cask #9 / Berry Bros& Rudd Lowland Whisky
A 20 year old single cask whisky from closed Littlemill, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2012 by independent wine and spirits merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, fruits, spices, floral, anise. Quite floral dram.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. ginger, honey, floral, spices, juniper.

Finish (90): longer than average. floral, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Littlemill 1992 / 20 Year Old / Cask #9 / Berry Bros& Rudd Lowland Whisky with 90 points over 100.

Oh my God! I have the four glasses covered with lids and you can’t imagine how good it still smells here.

North of Scotland 1973 Berry Bros Cask 14570

“Super grain whisky. Haven't I bought a bottle of Carsebridge for Christmas that would have been my best option. Quite dramtastic whisky sir!”

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North of Scotland 1973 / Cask #14570 / Berry Bros& Rudd Single Whisky
A 1973 vintage single grain whisky from North of Scotland, founded in 1958, closed in 1980 and dismantled in 1993. This was aged for 38 years before being bottled in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. cereals, honey, vanilla, red mature fruits, citrus, spices, roses.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. honey, wood, nutmeg, citrus, ginger, spices, candies.

Finish (93): long. candies, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this North of Scotland 1973 / Cask #14570 / Berry Bros& Rudd Single Whisky with 93 points over 100.

Hahaha! Incredible I am enjoying more than pigs in mud!. What an awesome tasting! Mother of God! Just look at the color of this next whisky! Oh my! This delightful smell again!

Isle of Jura 1976 Berry Bros BBR888

“Quite gorgeous! Love its notes of old rancio flowers. A bit salty, a bit peated, delightfully decadent. Love it!”

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Jura 1976 / 35 Year Old / Cask #888 / Berry Brothers& Rudd Island Whisky
A 35 year old single cask whisky from the Isle of Jura, distilled in 1976 and bottled in 2012 by Berry Brothers & Rudd. This one comes from cask 888, so we suspect this may be snapped up by fans of lucky numbers...

This dram has a old oak-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. honey, leather, pine wood, salt, varnish.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. peat, honey, wood, parma violets, spices.

Finish (93): longer than average. peat, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Jura 1976 / 35 Year Old / Cask #888 / Berry Brothers& Rudd Island Whisky with 93 points over 100.

Not a bad price… but still quite high for my budget. Haven’t I bought a Bourbon cask matured Karuizawa 1984 I would have tried to buy this one.

Bunnahabhain 1989 Berry Bros Cask 5755

“Lovely sweet with a more than decent amount of peat for any Bunnahabhain whisky. A winner on its own!”

90
Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 5755 (Berry Brothers and Rudd)

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices, cinnamon.

Palate (90): powerful. honey, peat, vanilla, citrus, floral, spices.

Finish (90): average. peat, wood, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 5755 (Berry Brothers and Rudd) with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

What?! You are still reading?! Good! I have now my chance to order this stuff before it sold out. Definitively one of the best tastings of this year and by far the best tweet tasting I have joined.

My favorite were Jura 1976, North of Scotland 1973 and Bunnahabhain 1989, in that order. The Littlemill was quite an experience but I am no man of floral drams.

Fellow bloggers posts

These are post from other friends who attended the tweet tasting:
http://whisky-discovery.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/berry-bros-rudd-tweet-tasting.html
http://www.thewhiskywire.com/2012/11/the-whisky-wire-berry-bros-rudd-tweet.html

By the way Anyone with experience with Berrys’ rums and cognacs? Any recommendation?



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