Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the launch of a new selection of own-label whiskies. Four Blended Malt Whiskies each representing the epitome of a classic style of Scotch, join the recently re-launched Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin to form ‘The Classic Range’.
The new Blended Malt whiskies include an Islay and Speyside as well as the distinctive cask styles of Sherry and Peat.
Each expression has been hand-blended by Berry Bros. & Rudd spirits buyer, Doug McIvor and brands heritage director, Ronnie Cox. Their mission was to create an accessible and perfectly balanced dram to be great enough to bear the Berry Bros. & Rudd label. McIvor shares his secret thus: “For excellence, I look for balance and complexity, maturity and texture. Equally, age is not king: maturity counts for much more.”
Cox adds: “The name Berry Bros. & Rudd in connection with wine and spirits means liquid in a bottle which exudes ever-trustworthy quality and flavour. It was with these values that Dougie and I assembled this range – a hugely enjoyable task. The result is a variety of top quality Blended Malts not only delivering what they say on the label but a ‘go-to’ portfolio to suit a variety of palates and moods.”
The Classic Range includes:
Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32 Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32 Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32 Peated Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32
Selected based on demand across all markets, the range has been launched with the intention of expansion as different flavours and finishes are required.
Berry Bros. & Rudd 1The whiskies are priced at £32.00 (for a 70oml bottle in the UK), and will be available from Berry Bros. & Rudd in the following markets:
• North America: Canada
• Europe & Middle East: Switzerland, Spain, Andorra and Latam, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, France
• Asia/Pacific: Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand
Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32
Many of Scotland’s most famous malts hail from Speyside, known for their approachable, fruity style and floral complexity. Our Classic Speyside Malt captures the very essence of the region, balancing subtle, honeyed fruit aromas with easy-going yet complex aromas.
Tasting Notes: Appearance: Golden Syrup Bouquet: Honeyed fruit, citrus and soft wood Palate: Creamy citrus, honey, rounded Finish: Soft fruits, mid-long.
Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32
The Hebridean island of Islay is renowned for the distinctive peaty style and smoky flavours of its whiskies. Our Classic Islay Malt is a carefully selected blend of casks from some of the island’s iconic distilleries, creating a balanced, complex and distinguished smoky dram.
Tasting Notes: Appearance: Light Bouquet: Beautifully integrated, the tar aromas and orchard fruit complement each other. The characteristic Islay peat note has the upper hand. Palate: Full, approachable, creamy texture with some sweetness, and the quick reminder of its smoky heritage Finish: Long lingering peat smoke.
Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32
Sherry casks are considered a luxury in whisky making. These expensive barrels imbue a spirit with distinctive notes of deep fruit, citrus and nuts. Our Classic Sherry Cask Malt is blended from the best Sherry butts to deliver a balanced expression of this uniquely engaging style.
Tasting Notes: Appearance: Enticingly dark Bouquet: Sherry prominence with secondary resinous and prune like notes. Invitingly seductive Palate: Well-balanced fruit on a Sherry bed. Wonderfully satisfying and fulfilling Finish: Long, lingering Sherry delight.
Peated Cask Matured Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 44.2%, 700ml, £32
Historically almost all Scotch bore a distinctive smoky note, as peat was the most readily available fuel; today, however, it is much less common. Our Classic Peated Cask is a tribute to the traditional, peated dram – with expressive bursts of soot and smoke complemented by the spirit’s fruitiness.
Tasting Notes: Appearance: Light Bouquet: Well balanced, with Peat aromas giving the edge. Fruity undertones deliver a rich complexity. Palate: A fruity sweetness introduces the soft peaty character. Well balanced to perfection Finish: Mid-long, deliciously Peated.