Speyside is the heartland of Whisky distilling in Scotland. This region’s Whiskies are renowned for their elegant, floral aromas and fruity, heather-honey style. Berrys’ Reserve has been created by our blenders to capture the very essence of the Speyside style. The fruity nose boasts citrus, toasted oak, honey and nuts. The palate broadens with a progressive build up of creamy malt, more nuttiness and sustained rich fruitiness leading to the sublime elegant finish.
Berry Bros have been making such vatted malts for ages, Berry’s All Malt, for instance, was always great (WF89 for a version from the early 80s). Colour: straw. Nose: it’s not one of these ‘antique’ sherried vattings at all as it’s rather quite youngish, nervous, fruity, flinty and fairly porridgy. Quite some fresh pears, apples, gooseberries, a faint smokiness… Then more light honey and touches of roasted hazelnuts. Fresh and rather light style but it’s quite complex. Mouth: same feeling as with the nose at first sips, the whole getting then fruitier and fruitier and rather more citrusy as in the nose. Hints of roasted almonds as well. Finish: long, fresh, clean. Juicy fruits. Comments: a light and fruitful style, one to drink (obviously).