Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
44.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 jul 2021 3:01 pm by Tauti

Average value

£ 33.31

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Matured BR

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.02 points

  1. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Heavy ‘modern’ sherry dominates the nose, with plenty of sweet, rich fruits and caramel fudge. Difficult to discern the whisky profile behind it, however. More balanced on the palate, where the rich sherry isn’t allowed to completely swamp the spirit, with a fairly youthful, nutty and grassy profile emerging. Quite short and drying finish. Simple, very drinkable sherried dram (which is excellent value for money at under £30 a bottle!), but it lacks the depth and complexity found in bottles that are only a bit more expensive.

  2. Gareth74 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    More cheap thrills

    £26. Maybe the price is the most amazing thing to absorb right now. 26 effing quid. For a blended malt whisky at 44.2%. Twenty six English pounds. Crikey.

    So, it’s lighter skinned relation, the Speyside Reserve was a little marvel for the money. It’s time to see if the Sherry Cask Matured version is up to muster for the pennies. Off we go…

    Mmmm there’s that bready, (yeasty?) thing happening in the nose right off the bat. This time, though, it’s wrapped in a sherry overcoat, a splash of acidic black cherries, a nuttiness and some old, dark tobacco. The bready notes still manage to dominate with a baked apple pie that’s burnt around the edges, making an appearance. There some wayward curry leaf, some ginger and it has to be said, this feels hotter on the schnoz that the Speyside Reseve at the same ABV. Is it a younger base or is it that the sweetness of the sherry is making things jump about more? No ideas. But it does smell hotter.

    I’m already guessing this is going to be feisty and lively. (Not always a bad thing - and it has to be allowed for down here, nearer the bottom shelf).

    Sip sip sip booom! Yup. Hot. Spicy. Sweet. Nutty. Gingery. Peppery. Oaky. And of course young but, Hell! This is not bad by any stretch, this is like listening to early albums of bands you love where you can detect the potential they have to offer, and regardless of how middling you know they currently are, you know they will go on to better things. This is liquid potential. There’s cocoa and old sherry on the death which is lovely. It’s got a richness which makes you want to try things more rich. A depth which makes you want to part with more cash to level up. It’s a gateway whisky and a good one. It doesn’t stray into needlessly sweet and cloying, there’s wood and spice and sherry and cocoa in just the right amounts to make you want more. Sure, it’s thin when you compare it to serious sherry monsters, but this is 1/3 of the price. It stands up to them in that respect, remarkably well.

    So, is it any good? For the money it’s a belter.

    I’ll say it again. £26.

    Now, if only Deanston did a standard 12 fully matured sherry I’d be in heaven.

  3. 2ndSip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    give enough time for him to breathe.
    Dull sherry sweetness becomes clearer over time.
    The taste is clearly sherry again, but still peppery and spicy ...
    [86 - 82 = good whiskey -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    mmh, a little more expensive than a Glendronach 12 or a Glenallachie 12; Although the sherry aromas are there, they are quite ambitious for a NAS blended malt.
    Anyone who likes sherry is not doing anything wrong here and can try it, but in relation to this ... well, everyone has to know that for themselves.
    • Nose
      dark, heavy notes of sweet apricots, plums, raisins, sweet dates, dried figs; but everything seems somehow rather "dull".
      Typical sherry seasonings and spices are there. Muscovado sugar and vlt. Caramel on the sweet side.
      Over time, it looks "fresher" and no longer so dull.
    • Taste
      Peppery seasoning, which subsides again, then seasoning and especially spices that reveal typical sherry flavors.
      Slight nuttiness occurs (possibly Oloroso), also brings a bitter note, which goes in the direction of dark, dry (high cocoa content) chocolate.
      Second sip: again peppery spice, but nice transition into sherry aroma.
    • Finish
      medium to long lasting.
      Slightly spicy, typical sherry notes linger, some hazelnut aromas with dark chocolate.
      Bit of tannins, oak notes; gets drier.

  4. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice simple and very drinkable sherry malt.
    No (for me critical) overly herbal notes in the profile.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Caramel, dried fruit, a bit of nuts, dried herbs in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      tasty. Yummy. Downright dangerous!
      Rather sweet, but also has bitter parts.
      Some trail mix.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Already medium long.
      Dried fruits, a little nuttiness, grape must.

  6. glendronach64 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    My favorite taste - sulfur - really delicious, reminiscent of tomatin, where this taste often occurs. This whiskey could do with a little more alcohol, let's see how the 55.8% vol. Manages it. Price / performance is great.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sulfur dominates, along with sweetness and fruitiness.
    • Taste
      75 75
      The sulfur dominates here too, it remains sweet and fruity, but quickly turns into dark chocolate,
    • Finish
      75 75
      which lingers in the mouth for a medium length.

  7. Sporx scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Lovage, sherry, a little sulfur, spicy

    Sherry, sulfur, sweet, spicy, a little sharp

    Medium length, sweet, spicy

    For the price there are nicer ones

  8. dapoinbua scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81


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