The Perfect Collection by Mr. Richard Gooding Digital Catalogue - Page 65



BERRY BROTHERS & RUDD
By Jonny McMillan
Berry Bros & Rudd
F
ounded in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd have been
bottling single malt in our own label since
around 1900. The examples collected by Mr
Gooding are some of the earliest intact Berry Bros
single malt bottles that I have seen come to market.
The 1922 Highland Malt is particularity interesting,
a US export at 46% ABV, note the label states, ‘Berry
Bros & Co’ while the capsules shows ‘Berry Bros &
Rudd’. This is due to its bottling date of 1940, just
as the company changed names. I have had the
pleasure of trying this bottle previously and it is an
exemplary old style Highland Malt; an earthy, waxy,
fruity distillate with crisp minerality. It’s a sublime
whisky, and so rare that I was sure I’d never see
another bottle, yet there are two in this collection!
TALISKER BERRY
BROTHERS AND RUDD 1930s VINTAGE
80 PROOF | volume not stated
GLEN GRANT 1954
BERRY BROTHERS AND RUDD
70 PROOF | 26 2/3 FL OZ
HIGHLAND MALT 1922
BERRY BROTHERS AND RUDD 18 YEAR OLD
91.4 US PROOF | 4/5 QUART
MACALLAN-GLENLIVET 1958
BERRY BROTHERS AND RUDD
43% | 75cl
The 1930s Talisker is also worth attention. Berry
Bros have bottled many vintages of Talisker over
the decades and every example I have tried has been
sublime. This one was bottled at 80 proof, and has a
good fill level; I’d bet this will be utterly spectacular
liquid.
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