The Norman conquest

It took a mere 315 years for Berry Bros. & Rudd to find the perfect Calvados. Here, spirits specialist Rob Whitehead documents his quest to bring the ultimate apple brandy to market. Selecting a spirit to be bottled in our Berrys’ Own Selection range can be a deceptively complex process, easily capable of running the […]

Black Cow Vodka

In my position as Spirits buyer for Berry Bros. & Rudd, many producers, importers and distributors bring new products to me. Some of them are seeking my qualitative or stylistic views, some request my input whilst in the process of development and some arrive seeking a listing in the oldest family owned Spirits and Wine […]

Berry Bros. & Rudd Bunnahabhain

Being a multi-award-winning independent bottler of single cask whiskies makes for some splendid surprises sometimes. Whilst tasting through our inventory of barrels sleeping peacefully in Scotland, we occasionally chance upon two whiskies from the same distillery, both drinking beautifully, at very different ages.  Even more rarely, we find three differently aged samples of the same […]

One of these things is not like the others…

Sometimes, when re-reading tasting notes I have written, one word or phrase rather sticks out from the rest. Often, it’s a flavour or aroma that is not commonly associated with spirits or their un-distilled brethren, wines and beers. Sometimes it’s a texture or taste of something most people would be unlikely to put in their […]