Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
The Nordic Casks #1
Calculated age
07 years old
Sherry hogshead
Number of bottles
60.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 aug 2021 8:28 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 158.04

11 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky reviews for High Coast 2013 BR

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.39 points.

  1. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    With water, this whisky plungers to 83-84p so water carefully.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Slight peat puff, metallic, sherry, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      dried fruits, sherry, some sulphur.
    • Finish
      87 87
      heavy sherry and dried fruits.

  2. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color: Orange-y Amber

    Nose: That the sherry cask is doing a lot of the work here is apparent from the very first nosing. Moreover, depending somewhat upon your tastes, this is a unique and high-quality cask. More so than perhaps any other sherry-matured malt whisky I've ever tried, this one reminds me of Brandy de Jerez. There's a sort of burnt quality to the brown sugar and meaty scents that really produces a distinctive aroma. I'm also picking up a little metallic tinge, which I always enjoy. With time, it seems like I'm starting to catch a small bit of fresh fruit peeking through the salient notes. Unfortunately, I have no other experience with this distillate, so I can't speak to whether the cask is doing absolutely all the work here. Regardless, it's a pleasant nose for sure.

    Taste: Pretty much what you'd expect from this very rich but not terribly sweet sherry profile. The nose is decidedly less earthy than it, but here it does remind me a bit of that very sherried Bunnahabhain that The Whisky Barrel bottled a few years ago for their own range. I was a big fan of that. This sips very nicely for being 60%+ ABV, by the way. I could do with a bit more viscosity, however; that's especially so given the burnt, dark profile that comes over from the nose. I'd be up for a big-time mouth-coater, and that's not what this is. Continuing with the brandy theme, it has a buttery edge that I often find in such spirits, ranging from grape to apple brandies.

    Finish: Not especially long, a bit of a surprise with the aforementioned profile. The one consistent point throughout, the burnt note, does linger a bit.

    Comments: Pretty good Brandy de Jerez via Sweden bottled by English who primarily deal in Scotch--isn't that something? Good enough stuff, for sure, although I don't hold it in quite the esteem some more prominent commentators do. Happy to have a bottle of this in my collection, though.

  4. Derufus scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not sure if I can still get much of the High Coast profile, but it’s actually really good. It’s very thick and bold and there is so much going on. It just keeps developing, especially in the nose. This must have been a really good sherry cask. Maybe not really my style, but I can imagine why it sold out so fast.
    • Nose
      A hint of burned matches in the beginning. This is quickly followed by dried fruits, raisins and prunes. But I also have a few dark fruits, such as blueberries and blackberries. Then roasted walnuts and a hint of toasted oak. Honey, a touch of maple syrup and oranges. But then I also a note of herbs, such as thyme.
    • Taste
      Dark cherries and blackberries. There is a note of bbq ham. Toffee and dark chocolate. A touch of oak, followed by a nice layer of spices such as black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. But I also get the thyme here too.
    • Finish
      Long with mostly spices, dark chocolate and cherries.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A triumph by High Coast and a great pick by Berry Bros & Rudd.
    • Nose
      Clearly a modern style of sherry maturation with a youthful intensity at first, although a bit of air tames it considerably. Notes of charred oak, smoked paprika powder, some baby oil and plenty of dried fruits and prunes, as well as mocha and a whiff of cassis. Finally just a touch of soy. It just doesn't ever seem to stop developing.
    • Taste
      It's the (previous contents of this) cask that does much of the talking here. Vibrant and bold with a spicy, dry arrival. Notes of cinnamon, honey, crème de cassis and black pepper, but also dates and chocolate-covered coffee beans. A tiny whiff of struck matches, but they actually add a layer of complexity.
    • Finish
      Slightly dry with a touch of pine, but also chocolate and cherries. Very long.

  9. notesofmalt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    High Coast 2013 - 2021 with a hefty 60.9% alc. from sherry hogshead No. 1384.

    Nose: dried fruits, lots of dried fruits. Mostly raisins, but also dates. In addition, caramel, sugar beet syrup, wood smoke and flavored pipe tobacco. Then mild spices, really nice.

    Palate: Lots of aromas from the sherry barrel, raisins, dried oranges, leather. In addition, shortbread, tobacco, lots of cinnamon, a little vanilla and aromatic honey.

    Finish: Very long, still the raisins, speculoos, Christmas cookies. Great.

    Conclusion: A first-class sherry barrel, I'm in love. 91/100 points (tasted in 2021)



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