Two more single casks from Berry Bro’s & Rudd today, both from 1992, both exclusive for the Swiss market. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth reiterating that, yes, you probably aren’t going to find these unless you live in Switzerland but Berry Bros might have similar casks that they might end up releasing in your country, so it’s worth reviewing them I think.
I’ve heard good things about older Longmorn (even better things about MUCH older Longmorn) and indie Auchentoshan, so I was looking forward to ending my Swiss tasting with these.
Longmorn 1992 Berry Bro’s for Swiss 50.1%
Nose: Slightly tropical fruit, mango, dry oak, quite austere but nice. Like an old Springbank without the smoke.
Taste: Juicy, mango, some pineapple, lovely mouthfeel, chalky, some white pepper but very soft.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Soft but keeps going, chalky and tropical.
Bottled 2014 at 22 years old. A nice style. This is only the second Longmorn I’ve had but their stuff seems to have those nice tropical notes you’d get in older Springbank or Laphroaig.
Auchentoshan 1992 Berry Bro’s for Swiss 52.8%
Nose: Ah, off. Burnt rubber like a wall, burning tyres. No getting past it.
Taste: Vanilla and burnt rubber, a bit harsh too, harsh spice.
Finish: Long length. Dry, oak, not as bad.
I was looking forward to a light, delicate Lowland to finish the Swiss tasting and unfortunately, I got this rubber monster. Don’t know how it ever got to this state, was the spirit like that in the first place? I doubt it, perhaps the barrel? Or could be an off bottle?
Honourable mention needs to go to the 50 year old Madeira I tasted at the dinner after the event. Has to be the best after dinner drink ever. So, bloody good.
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