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Overall rating
83.29/100
votes
378
Whiskybase ID
WB110145
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 700 ml
Bottle code
L18 8473
Barcode
5010493048705
Added on
02 apr 2018 4:44 pm by holborndrinker
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.38

23 × in wishlist

378 × member ratings

760 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Matured BR

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.29 points

  1. 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

  2. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    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"

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    I bet one of my best Lara Croft collectables on that

    its not really good stuff, but its cheap and its..
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  3. 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.

  4. 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/

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Joschbert scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Still a bit immature and metallic.
    Above all, I miss fruit notes.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Smells somehow "bitter" with a slightly pungent alcohol note. Sherry is recognizable, but hardly any fruit. Most likely still cherry and intense spices (carnation).
    • Taste
      81 81
      Again alcohol, some nutty Sherry notes, orange peel and clove.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Slightly bitter oak and some orange peel. Short to medium.

  8. mullos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    maybe a nice beginners sherried dram
    • Nose
      82 82
      well the sherry is present, but not much more
    • Taste
      80 80
      very thin mouthfeel, a bit sherry
    • Finish
      79 79
      short, and even less sherry

  9. Tim-R scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      74 74

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    So I can not understand how you can think of it as a PLV banger. In the nose, I have still held back, but in the mouth is already very young and alcoholic. The sherry keg does not heal anymore either.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Clear sherry influence, slightly nutty, chocolate and overripe red fruits, but I can understand the reviews, as there is definitely a metallic note over it, age is not overrated, the more superficial I reinrieche, the less is the false note there, for only 44 , 2% he is quite alcoholic in the nose, including a cereal note, which is of course whining on high Nieveau, for 35 ¬ you get here with neat sherry loaded malt whiskey, which can not be too old, is clear.
    • Taste
      75 75
      slightly watery mouthfeel, becomes more and more watery, also young and metallic, above that the sherry influence, nuts, chocolate and dark fruits, very inharmonious, I liked the nose even better, alcoholic, very badly integrated
    • Finish
      77 77
      Heckraus, the sherry is not much left over, cereal, a tick oak, harsh, not very long-lasting

  11. karloff scored this whisky 43 points Specialist

    Looking at the other reviews and rates I am very much the minority. But all I can do is say how I find it. This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    • Nose
      42 42
      Struggling with this nose to find anything. It just smells a bit stale, or more like stale mate. What I do get is wet clothes drying on a radiator. Can't take this any further unfortunately.
    • Taste
      45 45
      The taste isn't much better, it's lacking not just something but a lot. Taste and texture are way off the mark. It has a punch but doesn't follow up with anything special. There are fruit notes but it tastes very artificial. Like those fruit sherbets you got as a kid and you added water to make a fizzy drink. What fruit flavour was it? God knows.
    • Finish
      41 41
      The finish is poor as well. It just falls flat straight away.

  12. 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.

  13. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is already relatively young and has somehow so artificial notes in it. He is not terrible now. But again I do not need it in the glass.

  14. 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.

  15. dinis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good sherry matured price/quality.

  16. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Odor: average Bouquet, rather slim on the nose, fine sweetness, overall slightly defensive, according to an astringent note, alcohol quite present, grainy / malty

    Taste: fine sherry note, alcohol present, again rather lean, decent. Melting, very decent. Vanilla, medium reverberation

    Color: copper gold, clear, medium. WR

    Conclusion: good to drink, rather on the slim side with a likely high proportion of refill kegs, which is why the alcohol sometimes comes across a bit too present - but a real snapper for the price!

  17. Svjatogor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    n: brutal sherry bomb (oloroso/PX), sweet, chocolate, butter, ripe & dried fruits, raisins, fruit cereal stick, malt, ginger, hint of nutmeg & vanilla
    t: sherry, wood, intense, dry, spicy
    a: sherry, wood, ripe fruit, long finish

  18. aw-home scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Sherry and citrus fruits with nuts and toasted notes, leather, plums, wine and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sherry fruits with nuts and toasted notes, milk chocolate, plums, wine and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long with sherry and citrus fruits, nuts and toasted notes, milk chocolate, plums, wine and oak aromas.

  19. elipszis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      dry cocoa beans
      sherry
      sweet cereal
      woody notes
      caramel (drum cake feeling)
      red berries (currant)
      It already smells like it's concise.
      Minimal alcoholic note because it is young.
    • Taste
      84 84
      chocolate
      sherry
      spicy cloves
      honey
      minimal medicinal nature of the sting
      dried fruits
      strawberry jam
      alcoholic
      sweet cereal
      oily
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium short
      pungency in the mouth (nettle tea)
      currant
      dry chocolate
      solid
      woody notes

  20. FluidSunshine scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. aryehf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting review.
    Nice sherried blended malt, not too interesting or exciting but great VFM.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Soft sherry influence, dried fruits, raisins, dried plums, chocolate.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Thin, dried plums, raisins, leather, tobacco leaves, peaches.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-short, gentle spices, leather.

  22. geriud scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. JoshNRW scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Blender glass
    Very simple story, but drinkable.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Phew, the blender glass is perhaps a little too demanding for him. Very biting at the beginning. Somewhat evaporates after 15 minutes, but this strong vinegar note remains. There is also a hint of delicious, fine, thin sherry with leather, but everything is a bit thin and pointed. Still a fine and simple blend.
      Pouring it into the Glencairn helps a little against the sting, but the profile remains fruity and metallic.
    • Taste
      83 83
      83.5
      Less spicy than the nose and even a bit tasty, but very simple. Again fruity sherry and again a bit metallic.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Bitter and slightly alcoholic finish, but longer than expected.

  24. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a malt that fluctuates between easy drinking and challenge
    i liked it
    • Nose
      dark, sherry, slightly raisins, sweetness, plum, wood becomes less, raspberry, slightly solvent
      later slightly metallic, slightly malt, this Russian bread (letters) from Bahlsen
    • Taste
      soft, silky, slightly oily
      old oak, spicy, slightly sweet, sherry (wonderful), polish ?, wild berries, chocolate ~ 65%
    • Finish
      medium long
      warm, sherry, light oak, very spicy, espresso, dark chocolate ~ 75%, very tart, slightly chemical note

  27. TsiAI scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: Fruit vinegar, dead wood, soy sauce, damp nuts, expired jam, spoiled fruit, golden jujube and candied fruit. Palate: slightly sour, medium sweet, slightly bitter, tannin, Blueberry toffee, a little dark, a little creamy, some walnut shells, wood finish Finish: medium length, raisins, syrup, charred wood Body: lighter, insufficient oil, more tannins

    Nose: 80/100
    Palate: 83/100
    Finish: 82/100
    Body: 81/100
    Overall: 82/100, so boring wine

  28. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting:
    Beautiful color, chestnut, inviting
    Nose: takes some time, caramel, dried fruit, dates, nuts, chocolate, ethereal note, nice sherry nose
    Taste: sweet on the tongue, immediately nut, pepper, then the spice of European oak, young but not too young
    Finish: strong contrast, becoming bitter on first tongue contact, intense nut with chilli, only a little fruity and only very short to medium in length
    I would have guessed a young Edradour or Dalmore, possibly also Glenrothes
    Conclusion: great sherry profile, alcohol could be better integrated, probably due to the youth
    After revealing the secret of the bottling, I notice a very good PLV, even if the Cadenhead 12yo batches are slightly ahead of me, especially due to the 83/100 finish

  29. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I was really looking forward to it because of the descriptions so far, but I'm not entirely convinced: yes, a good blend and clearly Sherry Cask but the Cadenhead 12y # 8 and # 9 coming out of the same league are much better
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  31. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Interesting mixture of properties of young and old malts. I really like the old cask note as it balances and outweighs the young brandy flair.
    Without this grade, I would have only given 70 points.
    • Nose
      Sherry; behind it an alcoholic note; Citrus, but slightly sweet at first; a malt note slowly becomes clear; somehow metallic
    • Taste
      Sherry; Sweet; slight barrel note; spicy hot; slightly alcoholic (goes in the direction of a light fruit brandy character); Some malt shows up in the mouth for a long time
    • Finish
      spicy; tart; slight cinnamon sharpness; beautiful oak flavor; Sherry and fruit; dark chocolate, really delicious

  32. Portfolioman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Sweet blended malt for a reasonable price (~ 33 Euro). Uncomplicated. Overall complacent.
    • Nose
      some alcohol, cherries and other dark fruits, malt - clearly sherry influence
    • Taste
      young - something metallic; Alcohol well integrated, but seems a bit watery (despite 44.2%!); clear and very present Sherry sweetness; Marzipan - light oak, a bit musty (old oak barrel)
      overall but pretty tasty
    • Finish
      at best medium-long, subliminal sweetness sounds, overall pleasant.

  33. ajdedwards scored this whisky 62 points Expert Senior

    Personally I just find this a jumbled mess. Nothing is particularly unpleasant I just can't identify anything of any note.

  34. redsnapper scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A good whiskey at perhaps a slightly overpriced price. € 30.- would be more appropriate.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Typical sherry fruits, cherry too a bit metallic
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet, cherry, but less intense than in the nose. Mild, hardly peppery, hardly oak
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length, slightly metallic but pleasant finish.

  35. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Colour:
      pink gold

      Nose:
      Sour, fermented berries. Rust dust, oatmeal and some dark chocolate. In the background lies wet straw, wet cardboard, some apple cider vinegar and old peach.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry kick. Then honey, some orange and unripe sour cherries. The taste is then clearly a teenager note. Braised gum and sour apple. It reminds me brutally of these sour chips from Haribo.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. First alcoholic, then more herbs and nutty. Will dry. And in the end, this clearly youthful taste.

  36. 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.

  37. Classic scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nice sherry whiskey, a little too dry, I miss a little the sweetness
    • Nose
      80 80
      rather restrained, dark fruits like a wild berry jam, slightly spicy, a little honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      dark fruits, dry sherry, slightly oily, a hint of honey and vanilla, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium long, spicy, the dark chocolate is more for strong espresso, walnut

  38. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Pleasant and round sherry whiskey. Relatively simple, but very good value for money.
    • Nose
      a lot of red fruit, fruity sherry, strawberry limes, a hint of vanilla. Nice, but not so complex.
    • Taste
      Silky mouthfeel, fruity with full sherry notes.
    • Finish
      Mitellang, sherry-tönig.

  39. Ed Radour scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. Casketje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lots of sherry on the nose but what stands out most to me is the dark chocolate on the palate. Really lovely, especially for less than 35 euros a bottle.

  41. V1904 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Sherry, chocolate, white pepper and a mad PLV. Great Daily Dram!

  42. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW:
    Nose: rich, candied plums, pine resin, nuts.
    Palate: balanced, bourbon vanilla, clove, roasted pineapple.
    Finale: long on dried fruits.

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