In March 2018 the independent bottler Berry Bros & Rudd launched their own series of blended malt named The Classic Range. The whiskies are blended by Spirits Buyer Doug McIvor and Brands Heritage Director Ronnie Cox.
I tasted all the four whiskies in the series when I visited Clydesdale in Stockholm this Summer. Here are a few words about them:
- Speyside, 44,2 ABV: Overripe bananas and overripe berries of some kind. Okay, in a way.
- Sherry Cask Matured, 44,2 ABV: A hint of sulphur, dry, rich and lots of sherry influence. Better than Speyside, in my opinion.
- Islay, 44,2 ABV: Bonfire, warm smoke, a bonfire on the peach, salt and sea. Quite light on the palate.
- Peated, 44,2 ABV: Pears and apples. The peat appeared in a strange way at first, but turned out better after a while.
I did not give any score this time, but the order was like this: Islay, Sherry and then Speyside and Peated shared the third place.
Thanks, Thomas, for letting me taste through them all!