Scotch Whisky Review #447: Berry Bros & Rudd Pure Single Malt (1964)
Distillery: Unknown but rumored to be Bowmore.
Bottler: Berry Bros & Rudd.
Age: Distilled in 1964 and bottled 1975.
Price: Shared by /u/KissMeElon.
This dram is the twenty-second of 2022’s Christmas Countdown! Whiskies from previous years can be found here.
Nose: it’s subtle and a bit shy. It has a musty, old note similar to an older Bowmore. Ribena. Blackcurrant. Black berry.
The nose here starts off shy and subtle. When things get going, it has a musty note very similar to what I’ve had on other old Bowmore. Blackcurrant in the form of Ribena and some blackberries warp things up.
Palate: It is nicely sweet and fruity. Bosc pears, more of the Ribena, and blackberry and blackcurrant preserves make are what stand out.
Finish: Pretty short, not a whole lot going on.
Conclusion: With this bottling being quite old itself, I doubt we’ll ever get a straight answer as to what distillery it came from. I would not be surprised in the slightest if it were a Bowmore. It really seems to fit in with other Bowmore from that era with all sorts of musty notes in the nose and lots of blackcurrant. I wish there was a little more going on, it is a touch simplistic and straightforward, but it is a delicious whisky as it is.
Final Score: 82.
Scotch Whisky Review #447, Islay Review #74, Whisky Network Review #604
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky and I will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection if feasible.
- 85-89: Very good to amazing, almost the complete product and I’m likely wanting a bottle or two.
- 80-84: Quite good, pleasant overall though there is usually a few things that could be improved still.
- 75-79: Good, enjoyable to drink but ultimately flawed.
- 70-74: Alright, solid and wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.