Overall rating
90.83/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB116204
Category
Blend
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
4
Number of bottles
385
Strength
53.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Royal MIle Whiskies Exclusive
Market
Scotland Scotland
Added on
12 aug 2018 4:07 pm by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.75

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Whisky reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1979 BR

23 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.83 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...

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  3. kanlee666 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Blended/Vatted Malts, 13 tasted, H2H, for what it is worth the 1979 Berry's although listed as a blend on the label, I am not alone in thinking it is actually really a vatted malt.

    Blended Malt 1979 39 year 53.3% cask 4 Berry Brothers (for RMW) WB ID 116204 – 91/92/92
    The Fiddichside 1981 31 year 47.5% Murray Mcdavid WB ID 181799 – 87/88/90
    Johnnie Walker Green Label 2016 40% WB ID 162279 – 87/88/87
    Highland Fusilier 15 year All Malt 40% square bottle G&M WB ID 35030 – 86/87/88
    Creations 25 year Cadenhead Triple Malt (Islay)46% WB ID 200899 – 86/87/88
    Johnnie Walker Odyssey Rare Triple Malt 40% 2013 WB ID 69245 – 88/87/85
    Epitome Maltbarn 1993 24 year 53.1% sherry cask WB ID 118603 – 86/86/88
    Hazelwood 20 year 40% Centennial Reserve Kininvie WB ID 155967 – 85/88/86
    Hedges & Butler Royal Malt 40% Vatted Highland Malt WB ID 90122 – 86/87/86
    The exceptional Malt 43% 2016 Sutcliffe & Sons WB ID 85824 – 86/87/86
    Scallywag 13 year 46% 2017 sherry cask Douglas Laing WB ID 95803 – 85/86/86
    The Story of the Spaniard 43% 2018 Compass Box WB ID 116617 – 85/84/85
    Collectivium 28 year 57.3% Special Release WB ID 99744 – 85/83/83

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Re taste for a blended malt H2H.

    A lovely Jammy nose is followed by a jammy palate, fancy that?
    Blackberry, blueberry and some raspberry are the main fruit flavours.
    Good balance the sweetness of the jam just edges the spice note but the balance is good.
    The finish fades slowly .

    This is certainly one of my best bottle purchases of the last 5 years.
    I still love it and i still think it is a 92 point whisky, it picks up marks for the balance of fruit & spice,
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky for sure, but not my cup of tea - others clearly like this more than I do.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong wax, hint of apple, quite dry. Old refill sherry - none of that intense sweet modern stuff. I detect some grain in here - it's well integrated but I am surprised not many people noticed it. Hops and some herbaceous tones.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Herbs, green apple, red apple, rich blackberry, wax
    • Finish
      88 88
      Rich blackberry, hops, wax, honey, malt, grain, pear, apple. Becomes drier with time - wax and dry pear, some blackcurrant (not had this so clear in a whisky before).

  8. BehindSpace scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.

  10. LiquidThoughts 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

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Amber

    Nose: Age. It smells old in all the best ways, so we're off to a fine start. As others have commented, the grain, such as it is, isn't singing too loudly, either. Dusty notes, beeswax and honey, mildly sweet fruit syrups, light tobacco. As it develops, you're really impressed with how fresh and vibrant everything feels despite the obvious age. Great profile. Water brings out more spice, e.g., cinnamon and ginger. It's going more towards sherry, with sort of a savory-sour note, as well.

    Taste: The arrival is very nice, too. Thick and mouth-coating, not much nip, but some, for a 53% blend. The fresh fruit hit first. It's not overly sweet, however. You feel the oak a bit more with water.

    Finish: Before water, it was mostly the somewhat intense fresh fruit that lingered. After water, the oak starts exerting a drying influence. Honestly, I prefer it neat.

    Comments: This tics a lot of the boxes: high-quality, great-value, and a cool mystery to go along with the whole package. Hearing the back and forth about whether this is actually an Edrington blended malt vatted at birth or a true blend has been fascinating. Going with other commentators, I wouldn't object too vociferously if you told me with confidence that this was a blended malt. Regardless, kind of cool on the whole. BB&R and RMW have had some very nice collaborations lately, and this is right towards the top of that list.

  13. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=366

    Colour:
    Gold with a slight reddish tinge
    Nose:
    Soft and slightly salty aromas rise in the glass. The spice is quite discreet overall, so that orange and sherry flavors can develop freely. In addition there is honey, dull leather, nutmeg, fine wood and slightly acidic fruit gum. To complement the finish, a scent of rose and flower blossoms and fruit tea complemented with soft mint.
    Taste:
    Spicy and spicy with a thin structure. Salt, pepper, chili, leather and notes of wood and colored leaves, as well as of fresh herbs - overall a rather "darker Speyside character". The beautiful taste is completed with fine cocoa, latte macchiato and a fresh-sweet herbal-honey mix.
    Finish:
    Pretty long - getting drier and with a very pleasant tart herb / wood note. With waxy dark chocolate getting darker and creamier. Towards the end, dry wood, tart cocoa powder, licorice and tenderly bitter herbs remain on the tongue.
    90 points
    N: 88P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  15. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, round. Yellow cherries, nectarines, grated orange peel. A trace of wood glue. Peach, overripe honeydew melon. Vanilla, fresh sawdust, tree bark, leaves.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, oily. Apples, overripe pears, passion fruit, liquid honey, some marzipan. Wild herbs. Baguette with apricot jam. Soft butter biscuits. Some sugar beet syrup. Grape seeds, walnut.

  16. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. checkpointrk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. BehindSpace scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Magnificent blend, one of the best I drank, no trace of the grain.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, waxy fruits, caramel, honey and citruses.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Powerful, sweet and spicy. Oak, pepper, ripe fruits, sherry, milk caramel, honey and citruses.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, sweet, spicy and fruity.

  22. 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

  23. Tuboo scored this whisky 90 points 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'. - EDIT - this has been opened and scored. What a stunning blend and one that I will sadly miss. Complexity and depth of the dram is present with wonderful old sherry cask notes, and it opens up further with a touch of water. A really superb bottle, i'm amazed it stayed around at retail as long as it did, and i'm annoyed I didn't open mine earlier so I could get another bottle - but you can't bring your birthday forward right!

  24. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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    • 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

  25. lviz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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)

  26. 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.

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/a-flight-of-fringe-fancies-edinburgh-fringe-2018/

    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[-]

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