Berry Bros & Rudd is operating from the same buildign in St James’s Street in the heart of London since the 17th Century and bottles whisky under their own label. One of their series is called Berrys’, in which this 37 years old Glenlivet – I mean The Glenlivet – was released.
Fruity nose on young apples and juicy pears, some strawberries and raisins, but also plums and mango. Refill sherry cask? No mention on the label. After a few moments some juicy honey and a hint of cuberdons kicks in, but also a truckload of oranges.
Despite the modest ABV, this one is pretty sturdy upon arrival on the palate. Some pepper, some nutmeg and candied ginger. Liquorice? The fruit counterpoints this somewhat. Exactly the same notes as on the nose. It delivers on that promise. Powerful, round, creamy and very good.
Even though the finish offers nothing new, it’s so good that it’s impossible to be a bother.
I would have guessed this Glenlivet was a bit younger if tasted blind, for it is very much alive and fresh. Admittedly not very complex, but absolutely stunning nonetheless.