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Overall rating
83.67/100
votes
142
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
The Classic Range
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
44.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L18 8473
Barcode
5010493048705
Added on
02 Apr 2018 4:44 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 36,03

23 × in wishlist

142 × member ratings

275 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Matured BR

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.67 points

  1. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Smells fruity and smells and tastes like metal that fits perfect to me and my selfmade heavy metal kuttegang
    when we r king at "Rock am Ring"

    \ , , / first choice airguitarhero energydrink \ , , /

    I bet one of my best Lara Croft collectables on that

    its not really good stuff, but its cheap and its..
    BrÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖm

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I would never buy, as long as there are so many delicious alternatives - that was nothing
    • Nose
      75 75
      my first nose is marmalade red fruit but clearly metallic young without alcoholic stinging.

      The nose gets a bit better with time - but never really tasty. I always have neutral bittering and metal, machine oil and cheap smelly plastic in my nose.
      In addition a cheap sweet sticky Sherrynase. That can be a Glendronach 12 (until 2015) or a Bunnahabhain 12 much better at the same course
    • Taste
      80 80
      On the palate it looks thin, then it warms and shows mint at the same time - the alcohol is moderately well integrated for 44% but ok.
      It is sweet with light nut flavors, there is also a fruity acidity but the sherry fruits are well hidden - a few raisins when chewing and orange - again slightly bitter - drinkable but not tasty
    • Finish
      80 80
      short, warm, ginger, raisins, hazelnuts, musty, spicy - long pepper and wax

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/bottle-polishing-sherried-scotch-old-new/

    BOTTLE #1 [Jan/Feb 2019] WB84.96[58]

    Launched in early 2018, not many blended malts can claim to be 100% sherry-matured, bottled at decent strength and with a price tag of around £32 [Sep ’19].

    N: An instantly pleasing perky fruity [almost floral] & nutty/malty bitter-sweet nose with a little [sherried] pong coming from a combo of casks – some rather talkative of their previous cask content and some not. With some fusty O&R stylistics, this one seems a tad more mature compared to the contemporary Glenfarclas 105 [at time of writing], though both expressions speak a youthful patois.
    T: A tangy, cask-y, citrus arrival with a molasses-like bitter sweet, creamy woody move. A little water goes a long way to help conjure a waxy barley-soft mouthfeel and provide more chocolate & caramac confectionary en route.
    F: Fruity-dry with a fully played out sherry-fruity tannic chew.
    C: Plenty to like aside from the price, this is a well considered sherried number [that went down very quickly], that I’d happily buy again as a daily drammer. With thanks to David for the recommendation.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/bottle-polishing-sherried-scotch-old-new/

    BOTTLE #2 [Later in 2019] WB84.11[99]

    On the back of that positive experience, I bought another two bottles for easy drinking and sharing. I then begun to hear rumours that this one now seems younger than it did. As these bottles are polished, observe the corresponding Whiskybase scores I recorded at the time.
    C: I took this bottle to Campbeltown. Peeps talked of this one being too young, cask driven, cask syrup-ed, simple and bitter, and I’d agree with all of that. Still tasty, this bottle disappeared almost as quickly but did appear much younger, vastly more simple and with considerably less depth/info.

    Scores no more than 80 points

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    BOTTLE #3 [Aug 2019] WB83.69[133]

    One more bottle then, just to make sure!

    Much like I had with Lidl’s [25yo & > 34yo] Glenalba’s [WB], this short-lived love affair is certainly over. This third bottle is far too young and spirity. Unlike the first two, this one ended up hanging around on the back shelf for some time. Last month I pulled it out to see whether it had rallied.

    N: Initially, the engineering behind this one’s creation appears very effective [WN], but closer scrutiny reveals the short cuts. It’s pretty basic and needed months of softening. Thankfully by the bottle’s end the nose became more forgiving. Descriptors: [sherry] syrup, bready, sweet & sour vinegar, honeyed husky crushed nuts, tahini, a touch of white spirt-soaked paint brushes,….
    T: Whist the nose may have opened up, the arrival on the palate is generally young and nippy yet proved most agreeable to the uninitiated. Though it demonstrates a bitter-sweet profile fairly well, there is a sense of incompletion, something lacking as if it needs blending. So what did I do? I blended it with an older blend, Ralfy-styley [coming up].
    F: The finish is fine if short, murky waxy sweet sour and spirity/grainy becoming more mildly sweet-bitter with nutty caramel/molasses-light.
    C: A fair sherried blended malt for its price point, just no comparison to the first bottle.

    Scores 79 points

    However, pour some of this juice into a hip flask and forget about it for three months and hey presto, we’re significantly closer the calibre of the first bottle again! I guess if the industry hasn’t the discipline to wait any longer for their spirit to age, then we’ll have to – or alternatively – look to older juice on the secondary market:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/bottle-polishing-sherried-scotch-old-new/

  6. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Smell: strong sherry nose, red cooked fruit, a little chocolate, orange, vanilla, plum jam

    Taste: red berries, distinct oranges and orange peel (possibly also orange marmalade), quite sweet, a little young as the alcohol is noticeable despite the 44.2%, but not unpleasant

    Finish: slightly astringent and a really slight bitterness (which I can not classify)

    I bought the bottle because the frame data for the price seemed pretty neat. If you are looking for a sherry bomb for everyday enjoyment then here are the 34 mice are well laid out. A few percent and an age (or a little more age) would have been nice. There may be more NAS whiskeys like this one here.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Seems to be mainly young Glenrothes. I also categorise Dalmore and Macallan in this style, but Glenrothes is most likely here. This is a style that generally isn't regarded very highly, so I'm surprised by the high scores for this one. I suppose the scceptable price plays a role there.
    • Nose
      Cherry, malt, orange, almond, fig and honey.
    • Taste
      Malt, cherry, caramel, liquorice and mocha.
    • Finish
      Cherry, bread, caramel, orange, apple and chestnut.

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Probably not very old, but it's still very lively and refreshing.
    Being bottled at 44,2% is just about right. Not sure if 46% would have been better, but pretty sure it would have been a dud at 40%.
    Anyway, I got my bottles at £27 and that is bang for the buck.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very sweet and fruity.
      Rich and interesting, but almost completely without wood notes. OK, maybe a tiny hint of dense mahogany.
      This, and the dark ruby red color make it both look and smell almost like a cherry liquer, which is pleasant enough.
      From a distance there is what I find to remind me of wild strawberries, and I love those.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Starts off a bit dry and a bit thin, but it quickly improves.
      Sweet and fruity. Apart from plums it's kind of hard to separate out. Floral with a growing spice.
      Far from complex, still very pleasing.
      Would be a great nip next to a sweet desert.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium lenght.
      Sweet, with spice staying on into the finish.
      A little nutty at the very end.

  9. dinis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good sherry matured price/quality.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    More refill than first-fill oriented, wich I like just fine. A bit yeasty and young, but more characterful than the "blended malt" category would have you assume.

    Reminds me of younger sherried Glenrothes and/or Glenfarclas. Some wood can be detected though, along with assorted nuts and a lactic creaminess (yoghurt?) and slightly acidic berry fruits. All in all, not a bad look.

    Sweet on the palate with oodles of caramel, but also perhaps a bit watery. Uncomplicated, with restrained wood influence and a soft citric zing. Works just fine but nothing stands out. A session dram if I ever had one. Would be more interesting for under 30 Euros; at this price, there are better alternatives.

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