Berry Bros & Rudd is best known as one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished wine merchants, but the firm is also closely associated with The Glenrothes single malt whisky brand and the Cutty Sark blend.
Through its 'Berry's Own Selection' range, BBR offers a number of exceptional whiskies from Scotland and beyond, and one of the latest additions to the line up is a cask strength Port Ellen, which has been matured in a Sherry butt.
BBR already has Bowmore and Caol Ila 'Own Selection' bottlings available, and its Islay strength will be further increased by the forthcoming release of a 1991 Bruichladdich.
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|Berry's Own Selection, Port Ellen 1982 (Scotland) |
Port Ellen distillery is located close to Islay's southern ferry port of the same name, and was closed in 1983, though its highly regarded make is now much sought after by connoisseurs. Sherry and maple syrup dominate the early nose, with peat, salt and gummy notes developing later. The palate is vast and moth-coating, with Sherry, stewed fruits, liquorice and smoke. The finish is very long, with peat smoke, Crunchie bars, fennel and a whiff of antiseptic. An operating theatre beside the sea. Massive and complex, this is an inspiring after-dinner Islay. Available from late April 2007. 55.6% ABV, 70cl, £95.00, Berry Bros & Rudd, specialist whisky merchants.