A couple of tasty Berrys’ drams (Tormore 1992 & Glenlivet 1973)

Berry Bros and Rudd

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a Berry Brothers & Rudd tasting hosted by my good friend, Jonny McMillan. We had the tasting at Drinkmonger (my workplace) in Edinburgh. He told us many things about Berry Brothers (the oldest wine merchant in London established 1698), including some colourful stories about giant coffee scales in the shop to weigh people, some of the famous and infamous patrons of Berry’s, some of the innovations that came from Berrys (the creation of the Cutty Sark brand) and much more. Let’s take a look at a couple of their single cask bottlings:

Tormore 1992
20 Years old
Ex Sherry Butt, 55.7% ABV
Buy it here for £62.95

Nose: Meaty, nutty, big, gutsy, honey notes. Bit oily, creamy, spicy and raisiny. A nice, warming rich nose, with a bit of honey and fruit in there.

Palate: Like a red beer with some nuts and caramel on the side. Raisins, oloroso sherry, quite spicy.

Finish: Bit of chocolate on the finish.

Overall: Lovely stuff. It’s very tasty, quite heavy, but still well balanced.

Glenlivet 1973
38 Years Old
48.6% ABV
Buy it here for £145.00

Nose: Pears, grapefruit, parma violets, tangerines, apricots and cream. Very fruity, but again, like the Tormore, very well balanced. You have to love the class of older Glenlivets.

Palate: Pineapple chunks, vanilla fudge, oakiness and honey.

Finish: Lovely, sweet, oaky finish.

Overall: Excellent. Classy, nuanced, fruity.

Both whiskies are of very high quality and are a credit to Berrys’ cask selection team. The first dram makes me wish there were more Tormores available, but they are nearly as rarely seen as Berrys’ most elusive ex-customer, Lord Lucan.

Chris Hoban


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