Overall rating
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Stated Age
16 years old
Calculated age
18 years old
Refill Butt
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 Feb 2018 11:29 am by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 96.20

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107 × member ratings

166 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Orkney Islands 1999 BR

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.96 points

  1. thanasist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Does anyone have any clue why the stated age of this bottle is 16 y.o. while the distillation took place in 1999 and bottling in 2018 ? Normally it should be 18 or 19 y.o. 

    Tried it end of September. One of the best whiskies I had for some time. No matter if it is 16 or 18 y.o. it is superb and doesn't make you regret the money spent on it. I am not a big fun of HP but this one definitely made me want to try more Orkney IB

  2. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a full legal HP with everything that belongs to it! Removes the 18 year old OA completely, not only because of the alcohol strength (which is almost terribly well integrated, so that there is no desire for water), but simply because of the intense aromas, which is probably due to a very good barrel selection and prudent maturation have come about.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Delicate notes of smoke, creamy, honey-like sweetness with salt - fresh sea spray in flowering heather, with excellently integrated alcohol. Dry pine forest with ripe pineapple on top
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy with significant amounts of smoke, at the same time beautiful sweetness of ripe lemons with freshly cut vanilla pod
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke and fruit aroma are transformed seamlessly into distinct spiciness with some resinous, ginger-like sharpness

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Short Comparison between the Cask Orkney (WID: 113256), the Full Volume (WID: 101678), and the Berry Bros & Rudd (WID: 108315)

    The Cask Orkney and the Full Volume are almost inevitably similar. The Cask Orkney has a bit more freshness and citrus in it. The smoke feels a bit cooler in the Cask Orkney. The full volume has more grain and oak notes, is slightly muted and fuller. It seems to me that the Full Volume has a little more wood influence.
    I tend to like the Full Volume in direct comparison even a bit better, because it works a tick older than the Cask Orkney. Both are really solid malts. There will not be a big bottle, so I do not have to ask myself which bottle to buy.

    The Berry Bros & Rudd tolerate some water. Otherwise he seems somehow alcoholic. He opens with water. The water then has herbal, forest and meadow notes. It's such a cross between Cask Orkney and the Full Volume for me. He also has a freshness similar to the Cask Orkney, but this seems somehow elegant in the Berry Bros & Rudd. In addition also wood influence like with the Full Volume. In addition, the smoke may be stronger than the two before it. The sherry is not really something to hear. Overall, the Berry Bros & Rudd is probably the most complex whisky in comparison, as it brings a mix of freshness and wood with it. But it does not necessarily have to be a big bottle.

  4. DerDennis! did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is really good. Very balanced in terms of nose and mouth. Great mouthfeel. He likes me better with water.
    • Nose
      sweet, fresh, citrus, menthol, very pleasant, medicinal smoke and light sherry note. Grapefruit, orange peel, nutmeg, pepper, nutty .... spice cake.

      With a little water it becomes fruity ... pickled pears, chocolate
    • Taste
      sweet, oily, spicy ... chili, light tingling, pleasantly woody and smoky, nutty, dark fruit note ... prunes, honey.

      Water produces oranges and milk chocolate ... like these orange sticks
    • Finish
      medium long, smoky and earthy, light sherry, pleasantly woody and dry

  5. mawean did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Are you sure it is a mistake? Sometimes whiskies are removed from the casks to stop maturation (when further maturation would give too much wood influence) and sold at a later stage. This is why there could be a discrepancy between "stated age" and "year of bottling minus year of destillation".

  6. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Naked characterful Highland Park.. quite peated
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wet leaves, earth, verbena, lemon peels,paraffin, peat, cough syrup, heather honey
    • Taste
      92 92
      Waxy smoked lemons with a pinch of salt plus liquid herbs.. the peat grows bigger.. wonderful taste..and quite powerful
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lemony, waxy, peated with a herbal dry elegance

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Reed, baked apple, vanilla and barbecue ash.
    • Taste
      Grape juice, apple, peat ash, cake and Printen, especially the spices.
    • Finish
      Peat ash, grape juice, apple, vanilla cookie, gingerbread, straw and spices.

  8. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Pure Highland Park almost without Sherry influence. Who does not need it -> great catch.
    • Nose
      Sharp without water. Already tried - not my thing. With water: green, resinous, sections of plants and coniferous forest, freshly sawn branches, autumn leaves ragged in early November, for HP strong smoke, earthy, and acacia honey. In the second attempt, the last sherry remnants are recognizable, with much fantasy ripe orange. (For the Battler: Something about the empty Strathisla bottle smelled.) A little later wet pebbles and a truckload of malt. Even more acacia honey.
    • Taste
      Soft with enough water. I suspect around 48%. Directly the "smell" of damp earth and old foliage, garden waste, and a smoke, as if someone had left a splash of Laphroaig in the glass. Acacia honey, coniferous forest, linden blossom. No sherry.
    • Finish
      First acacia honey. Fir needles, bark fragments, resin, dirt and smoke in the hair and all garments. Old, dry wood, a burned and smoldering campfire. Later comes out again old foliage.

  9. Whiskinger did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    16 years should be the correct age, no mis-print.

    There's another BBR "Orkney Islands" from 1999, bottled for Switzerland from cask 42 in 2018 , with a stated age of 17 years. The cask content was very likely taken from the oak barrels some time ago and then bottled all together in 2018.

    Link: http://www.whizzky.net/whisky.php?ref=15833-Berry-Bros--Rudd-Orkney-Islands-1999-17-Year-Old-Cask-42-Charles-Hofer-SA-Switzerland-Exclusive

  10. ted.striker did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Green Welly Stop writes: „A Mis-print on the label, this is an 18 year old whisky.“ (https://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/orkney-1999-berrys-cask-28.html#additional)


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