Single malt whisky - tasting notes

06 Jul 2010

Berry’s Speyside Reserve

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

Berry’s Speyside Reserve is a blended malt that combines whisky from two well known Speyside distilleries. There’s no official information, but I’ve read it could be Dailuaine and Miltonduff (which is a bit strange as Berry Bros owns The Glenrothes distillery).

In the same series, there’s also an Islay Reserve and undisclosed rum and cognacs. They are “created as an introduction to the world of Berry’s spirits, each one carefully chosen and blended”.

 

Berry's Speyside Reserve Berry’s Speyside Reserve 
(46%, Berry Bros & Rudd 2009)

Nose: a nice toffee / citrus / malt character. But there’s also a fresher, more floral side to it, with pear drops, banana and a little heather honey. Some hay. Mouth: sweet and creamy. A bit of caramel. Again quite fruity but after a few seconds, the spiciness grows stronger (ginger, nutmeg). Quite malty. There are hazelnuts as well. Finish: medium length, with spices and soft liquorice.

A very smooth whisky. I really appreciate this kind of “minimal” blending with just two components. The result has more character than a regular blend while at the same time having a very attractive pricing: around € 40.

Score: 81/100

Berry’s Speyside Reserve 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-06
  • Dennis

    Thanks for your notes. You can taste that this blend is of high quality and beatifully made but the profile just isn’t my cup of tea. It has a full and fatty/creamy body with, indeed, quite a malty character. This gives me the impression that the whisky refuses to open up (even after adding water). I’ve had the same experience when tasting the standard official botteling of Highland Park and Springbank. Perhaps if you like those whiskies then you’ll also appreciate this blend.

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