Berry Brothers and Rudd can legitimately claim to be among the first people to independently bottle Scotch, with known examples of their whiskies being found as far back as the turn of the 20th Century. To this day, their mark is strongly associated with high quality whiskies from all around Scotland.

However, they have never bottled any whisky from Europe. Never that is, until now! Our good pal Jonny McMillan has scoured the Nordics in search of the best whisky they have to offer and duly put some into bottles for us to peruse. Four of them to be precise, and the first bottles to be emblazoned with Mr McMillans signature. This will be interesting..

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spring – The Nordic Casks

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Kyrö

2016 vintage

Malted Rye

Cask No. 16037

Finland

54.6%

£150

Colour

Deep Gold

Nose

Big nutty and Spicey. Hazels and almonds, desiccated coconut with cinnamon and nutmeg with glassed fruits and a touch of meatloaf.

Palate

Robust and mouth filling, spice forward with reminders of the cinnamon and nutmeg from the nose. Ground coffee and black pepper with coco nibs.

Finish

Medium to long with dack chocolate and spice hum.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

High Coast

2013 vintage

Unpeated

Cask No. 1384

Sweeden

60.9%

£150

Colour

Pale Amber

Nose

Cereal led with barley seeds underlying burned caramel. Sweet pastries dusted with a light coating of icing sugar.

Palate

Thick and clinging, sour dough wholemeal toast black cherries and pleasant flex of lemon zest.

Finish

Medium length with inflections of lemon drizzle and Eccles cake.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Fary Lochan

2014 vintage

Nettle Smoked

Cask No. 6

Denmark

60.9%

£150

Colour

Gold

Nose

Fresh cut grass slowly morphs into a herbal smoke that traps Pine resin and Croissants drizzled with honey, and Victoria Sponge in its web.

Palate

Vibrant and fresh with an oily feel, grassy and floral heather followed by thicker honeys and lightly smoked tea.

Finish

Medium length with light caramel and peppermint  dust.

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Myken

2017 Vintage

Lightly Peated

Cask No. 15

Norway

61.4%

£150

Colour

Gold

Nose

Granny Smith apple peel, key lime pie and damp embers.

Palate

Tongue coating with zesty lemon and lime cordial, slight medicinal menthol smoke and mint chews bind nicely.

Finish

Long finish with zesty notes held together well with a smoky hum.

Overview

Having spoken to Jonny I know that he has high hopes for the Nordics as a whisky region. I also know that what he’s written in the BBR press info and on their website is true, he absolutely believes that it is the most exciting “up and coming” whisky region in the world.

At this precise moment in time (and as much as I would enjoy it), I’m finding it difficult to disagree with him. These whiskies stand up on their own as great drams, not just for “New Distillers”, great drams – full stop. They deliver quality, innovation, intrigue and complexity. And as the range sticks to BBR’s well established “no-nonsense” approach to presentation of the liquid, I do feel that this has the potential to be the moment where European Whisky finally takes root in the UK market.

But that’s not up to me, folks!

It’s up to you. Prove me wrong, I dare you!

Connas