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Brands and Distilleries : Berry's Own Selection

Issue 122 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Berry's Own Selection

Berry's Own Selection Islay Reserve Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Perfectly acceptable.

Berry's Own Selection Speyside Reserve Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Nice but needs the middle filling out.

Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Kicking up your heels as well as soothing. To be sipped far from the city buzz.

Berry's Own Selection Auchentoshan 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Subtle aromas and flavours, but beautifully composed.

Berry's Own Selection Benrinnes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Bizarrely, the nose reminded me of an Argentinian Torrontes. Where's the famed Benrinnes meatiness?

Berry's Own Selection Bladnoch 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 So subtle it's barely there, but an intriguing mystery.

Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20%
7 A sunny malt. Quite sharp and spirity but a pleasant aromatic freshness. Could be a thirst quenching for some. Water does not cut all edges.

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Berry's Own Selection Bowmore 1996
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Judging by the colour (pale chardonnay),has obviously not gained from the cask. Has got all the phenolic spectrum but not much more,especially on the nose.

Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
7 Intense and in character. A fairly simple Caol Ila but a goody.

Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 26 Years Old, 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70%
8 I prefer this neat, but whatever your preference, this is an exceptional Caol Ila.

Berry's Own Selection Clynelish
- Scotland - 46.00%
6 Needs moretime in wood.

Berry's Own Selection Clynelish 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Tight and hard to love.

Berry's Own Selection Clynelsih 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A very pleasing dram with decent balance, but just a touch too discreet.

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Berry's Own Selection Dailuaine 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A good example of a little seen distillery.

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Berry's Own Selection Girvan 1989
Single Grain - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An excellent refreshing dram. Well balanced, rich and light at the same time. Very enjoyable with chilled water.

Berry's Own Selection Glencadam 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pleasant freshener. Delivers a lot. To be enjoyed on a warm day with raw fish and salad.

Berry's Own Selection Glencadam 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A ripe dram which seems to have headed across to Kentucky. Big and lush.

Berry's Own Selection Glencadam 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A dram for a sweet tooth. Nearly sugary. Unbalanced.

Berry's Own Selection Glenglassaugh
- Scotland - 46.00%
7 A lovely dram..hope its new owners find some like this lurking in the warehouses.

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Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Very elegant and balanced on the nose. Oak tends to show off but the dram keeps its charm though.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
7 This is a big mean mother whose youthful charms have been lashed into submission by oak.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 27 Years Old 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20%
7 The nose is enticing but the palate is overwhelmed by the wood. And water exacerbates the astringency.

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Berry's Own Selection Glen Elgin 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 By today's standards, an unusually peaty Speysider.

Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
8 A well matured and well balanced malt. The sherry notes tend to muzzle the distillery character. An iron hand in a velvet glove!

Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant 1972, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 After a nose that can only be described as “hairy” it rather loses focus.

Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant 1993
- Scotland - 53.80%
7 No real depth or complexity.

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Berry's Own Selection Glen Grant, 37 Years Old, 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.80%
8 A dry character. Quite strictly framed by oak but releasing an interesting and complex spicy character.

Berry's Own Selection Imperial 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A classic malty malt. Good balance, interesting dry spiciness. Well structured, hexagonal like Bach music. For those who don't like the unexpected. I don't mean boring though.

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Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A great wee aperitif. Fresh and fun.

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Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A big powerful bruiser.

Berry's Own Selection Inchgower 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Just lacks a little length. Not as pure as the 74, but I like its weirdness.

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Berry's Own Selection Invergordon 38 Years Old 1971
Single Grain - Scotland - 48.00%
8 The balance between sweet and sour is perfect. A grain whisky? I would have thought of an old bourbon.

Berry's Own Selection Laphroaig 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.50%
7 The smoke saves it - a more active cask would have elevated it.

Berry's Own Selection Linkwood
- Scotland - 46.00%
7 Pleasant enough.

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Berry's Own Selection Lochside 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Well balanced, fresh and pleasant. The finish lacks some depth maybe. But that does not take the pleasure away.

Berry's Own Selection Auchroisk 1991 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60%
7 An interesting dram. The palate is lighter than expected but fresh and lively. Perfect companion for a fruit salad with a ginger icecream.

Berry's Own Selection Longmorn 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Well balanced. A real wee sweetie.

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Berry's Own Selection Longmorn 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A perfectly pretty dram but it is almost too light. Even delicate whiskies need backbone.

Berry's Own Selection Longmorn 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 What a bizarre bottle...musty nose and fragrant palate.

Berry's Own Selection Mortlach
- Scotland - 56.40%
7 A 70s playboy...all mirrored shades, suede jacket,woody aftershave and cigar.

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Berry's Own Selection Port Ellen
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 This is top notch stuff. One of the best Port Ellen's for some while. Snap it up.

Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A teasing early freshness is the overture to a richer, modestly structured, conclusion.

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Berry's Own Selection Rosebank 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Cute as a button.

Berry's Own Selection Teaninich 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Not a heavyweight nor a sophisticated lad. But a perfect companion for a plate of smokies or a fruit salad.

    Girvan Distillery
  • Girvan. Girvan. Ayrshire. Scotland. KA26 9PT
  • Tel : +44 1465 713 091
    Invergordon Distillers
  • 9-21 Salamander Place. Leith. Edinburgh. Midlothian. Scotland. EH6 7JL
  • Tel : +44 131 554 4404

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