Overall rating
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Royal MIle Whiskies Exclusive
Added on
12 Aug 2018 4:07 pm by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.75

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48 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1979 BR

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.05 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] A blend that is scored higher than most single malts is a must try, for sure...

    ...and this is a very quaffable dram with a surprising taste profile that reminds (in some aspects) of old Bowmore from the sixties. Excellent stuff for all that prefer to drink their bottles.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers an old style sherry profile that reminds me of a comparable blend from Cadenhead (WB id 96875). The grainy aromas are more present here and grow upon oxidation while the sherry notes retreat somewhat. I like the fresh nose right after serving the dram better but still this is excellent, no doubt. Water opens it up nicely and releases more hops, herbs and waxes.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste offers a fine "wow-effect" with rich blackcurrant and passion fruits flavours that usually are a trademark of old Bowmore from the sixties. Hey, that is great! Some chewing releases many more flavours among them herbs, honeys, tobacco and nuts. I like this mix, and there are almost no grainy notes on the palate (what is fine).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals). The finish is long and adds more herbal and waxy flavours that are tasty. No distracting moments here. Some water releases more flavours and turns the dram smoother, even more quaffable...

  2. Tuboo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This is a 40th birthday dram and as such I haven't opened it yet but i have asked BB&R for more details. Apparently they do know what this blend is made from but legally they are not allowed to tell ! Despite the heavy malt character, they confirmed that this is a mix of malt and grain. Cask was filled on 9th November 1979 and distillates were blended 'at birth'.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      feine zarte edle sehr reife Refill(Refill)sherrynase, dezente Sherrysüße, eine feine Wachsnote die sich mit kristallinen Blüten, schwarzem gesüßtem Tee, Muskat und fein duftendem eher dunklem Holz mit einem Hauch Möbelpolitur zu einer harmonischen Komposition verbindet. Die Töne sind leise aber vielfältig und perfekt komponiert.
      Leicht aber tief inhalierbar da unalkoholisch, dezente unaufdringliche säuerliche rote Beeren, Minze, Puderzucker, rotes Brausepulver, sehr cremig - ölig, ohne dabei sirupartig oder dickflüssig zu wirken. Balanciert - Elegant - kein Brett.
      Nach dem ersten Schluck deutlich Süßholz, Zimt und zart Lakritz. Die Fruchtnoten pulsieren - mal eher süße Kirschmarmelade, dann eher Himbeeren, Schokolade, Espresso.
    • Taste
      91 91
      startet süß, und Marmeladenartig fruchtig und wärmend, sehr feine Holzaromen breiten sich auf der Zunge aus, vielleicht ist hier ein zarter Hauch uralter fast unmerklicher Rauch im Hintergrund spürbar - vllt ist es auch die Eiche die eher cremig daherkommt, Baumsaft, Blüten, Herbstlaub, zarte Tabaknoten, zartes pfeffriges Prickeln
      Mit dem zweiten Schluck Trockenfrüchte(Rosinen, Datteln) etwas Leder, zarte Zitrusnoten, schwarze Johannisbeeren Walnüsse
    • Finish
      90 90
      leichte Trockenheit, die Tannine tanzen auf der Zunge, Grapefruitschale, Kräutertee, sehr cremig, die Fruchtnoten verblassen zuerst, dann die Süße, die Holzaromen liegen als Wachsfilm noch lange auf der Zunge - für sein Alter hat er kaum Bitterstoffe

  4. lviz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    This birthday whiskey, this year was bottled, with me an old man, so I naturally dumped it. It's a mystery to see what's in it, because they've forgotten the authorities, to know for sure that they filled the sherry butt in 1979 and bottled in 2018 and a blend of Speysider made from Edrington's stocks. (Macallan, Tamdhu, Glenrothes?) Based on the opinions so far, this is a vatted malt, there is no grain that I would confirm, no grain flavor, no character I can discover.

    Fragrance: a pleasant sherry, it's time for her. Boiled and roasted fruits, but with moderation, little caramel, cocoa and some black tea. Maybe raisins. It is shrill and is not a sweet sherry monster that is no problem at all.

    Taste: The water needs it, it is very good, it opens beautifully. Fruits sometimes go astray, over tea, forest berries, very pleasant oak spices, no bitterness, only spice. It was more creamy than a few drops of water, but its strength and intensity did not decrease. Fancy fruitiness, beautiful balance, there is plenty of everything here. Its snooze is long and tasty. Great and great whiskey, it was a great vintage, na) Emotional 2 more points! :-)

    (my sacred belief that there is not a drop of grain)

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great blend, sharp and direct. I cannot detect any grain at all, may as well be a single malt. Maybe it is. The herbal fruity style is right up my alley.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Powerful. Juicy with herbal touches. Kiwi, tangerine, honeydew and papaya. Spearmint. Hard wax. Ink, and resin. Very cool, great cask.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very fresh. Loads of mint and tropical fruits. Melon, kiwi, passion fruit, lychee. Syrupy but not overly sweet.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Juicy fruit, tangerine, mint, very fresh. Tropical fruit and mint salad. Great finish. Sappy notes of pine or resin. Herbs.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Candied oranges and luscious dried fruits everywhere. Figs. Dates. Raisins. There is also a candy-like sweetness to it, and incredibly rich sherry notes. Yet it's far from being too sweet. The grain whisky in this one must be as oily and well matured as any malt. Simply a phenomenal whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    According to the website this, a single cask blend, a rogue cask of blended whisky? No records of what is inside it either, or information of whether it was blended at birth or re casked. I agree with others I can detect no grain in this , this is definitely a blended malt for me.

    I suspect was married together as there were some whisky left overs that they could not be bothered to farm out to the likes of James Macarthur for a mini bottle run so they were dumped into a cask and left, cannot see the point of adding grain and I certainly do not detect any but if they do not know they have to call it blended whisky.

    Anyway this is what WB is great for, information, so on the strength of the information on here by JPF and the review by Angus MaCraild I purchased a bottle.
    This is a great buy for the money, even if it had grain whisky in it, it would still be a great buy.
    This whisky takes water well and I will enjoy experimenting with it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      At first I thought the nose was a little shy, you need to spend some time with this one.
      I am thinking old Tamdhu here, some lovely coffee & cocoa bean notes, refined sherry, light caramels, a little fudge, hints of blackberry and damson jam, plump raisin and fruit loaf.
      This is not a heavy sherry, before I taste it I cannot decide between second fill or even 3rd fill?
      It is very elegant
    • Taste
      93 93
      Vey spicy, vibrant and much more kick than I was expecting, the spices keep on growing, just a hint of bitterness from the wood at the moment. There is a sweet overtone that reminds of a bubble gum called Bazooka Joe, not powerful but it is definitely there.
      On the fruit side there is some blackcurrant but also red fruit like raspberry and cherry, sweeter fruit, a little Turkish Delight and the bubble gum keeps returning.
      The balance is impressive, nothing out of place.
      Finally there is some peat in the mix and the interplay with sherry is from the top draw.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Still massively spicy, sweet and the sherry is mixing to be fair in harmony with everything else.

      With water:-
      The nose has dissipated somewhat but still pleasant, the palate has opened up and is even more spicy, almost as if it has grown in power?
      Adding a little more water makes it creamier but the spice and perfect balance are still there.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    We finish with the winner of the 18th RMW Whisky Fringe, dram of the year 2018. The Tomatin 36yo which I rated equally came in second [Blog].

    N: Like it’s had a magic sprinkle of [Diageo’s] finishing dust strewn upon it. Under the hood is a whisky that only age can provide, 38 years of old sherry cask maturation the nose that justifies the very reasonable £165rrp alone. Not sure I can detect any grain.

    T: It’s started to turn tincture-y/syrupy though there is a slight thinness to it that prevents it becoming so. Having said that, the concentrated fruitiness flows freely over an oaky bed, encapsulated within an undeniable aged/married complex. Again, no clear signs of a grain. Could this be a tea-spooned blend then? RMW claim they don’t know either but I know an old man who thinks he does ;]

    F: Long woody, ashy, fruity and creamy finish - dry-ish though fully salivating/ever-flowing with all sorts of dancing details to the death.

    C: An unusual oldie in that it shines brightest at the tail end. A firm contender for my whisky of the Fringe though Adelphi’s Miltonduff just pipped it for me [Blog].

    Scores an A[-]

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely cool blend, you can't say more, grain comes out 0, dream material.
    • Nose
      Walnut, clove, nutmeg, tobacco, raisins, plum, camphor, cinnamon, marzipan, cocoa beans, chest of drawers and wax, sweet liquorice
    • Taste
      Clove, nutmeg, raisins, saffron, juicy cherry, plum, pomegranate, cinnamon, cocoa beans and a hint of fresh coffee, mahogany wood, very creamy and full, dark honey and sweet leather, autumn leaves
    • Finish
      Nice sherry finish, raisins, oak, hints of anise, walnut and cocoa, long


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