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Overall rating
83.29/100
votes
345
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

€ 38.86

31 × in wishlist

345 × member ratings

732 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Matured BR

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

  1. 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"

    \ , , / 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. 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

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