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Berry's The Perspective 21 Year Blend

Berry's The Perspective 21 Year Blend

$124.99

Exclusive is KWM in Canada. Bottled at 43%, the label features a photo of Sandwood Bay in Sutherland, by Scottish photographer Lindsay Robertson. Hard to find a 21-year-old Scotch this good, at this price!

Producer Tasting Note

"Fresh, vibrant fruit is undercut by delicate oak and spice, gracefully interwoven with vanilla and honey. A lingering finish caps the experience."

About the Series

"The Perspective Series brings together two art forms – whisky-making and photography. The essence of our master blender’s work is captured by photographer Lindsay Robertson’s evocative images."

 

700ml ml
Region:Scotland > Other
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Andrew's Tasting Note - Updated May 17, 2023

Nose: sweet, creamy, fruity, and elegant; Jujubes, caramel apples, dulce de leche, and licorice; a fine balance of chocolate, dried fruits, spices, leather, and tobacco; the grain adds a silky elegance to the richer malts; is that a faint whiff of peat?

Palate: soft, fruity, and malty with coating oils, toasted oak, and silky filaments of old grain whisky; floral and herbaceous with loads of honey, more dulce de leche, and gamey goats milk chocolate; savoury and decadent spices: more chewy citrus candies, soft white orchard fruits, and caramel apple; French roast coffee beans, leather, and tobacco, with soft licorice; a touch of dunnage, and another hint of subtle peat; elegant, and smooth with lots of layers.

Finish: light, fresh, fruity, and elegant with a decent length; more Jujubes, chocolate, leather, tobacco and spices; delicately coating and oily.

Comment: this is lovely stuff, both sessionable, and worthy of a bit closer inspection too; very well blended, it is very easy drinking; but it also has lots of layers; old school blend, and a nice dram.

86pts Whisky Fun

"I'm glad we haven't tasted this one yet, that means that we can taste it now (wow, Epicure! We're all impressed, S.) Colour: gold. Nose: good chardonnay and cut flowers, custard, white chocolate (that's the grain, grrr) and chamomile tea (the other manzanilla). I'm reminded of an old Hankey Bannister that was just superb. Sorry, just a private comment. Mouth: I'd swear Glenlivet is leading the pack here. Great floral and honeyed unfolding, pastries in abundance, nougat, and a very minimal grain influence. Perhaps this popcorn? Finish: medium and much more on herbal teas, chamomile upfront, then verbena and just green tea. Comments: a little light, but as a consequence, you may drink more of it (but Serge, this is 2022!) Seriously, very very good and very fairly priced. A bottle for all our friends (when we don't feel like bringing out Clynelish 1972). SGP:551 - 86 points."

87pts Dave Broom (ScotchWhisky.com)

Nose: Big and richly resinous – the smell of a violinist, bow rosined, trapped inside a heavy oak wardrobe. Add in melting chocolate, black cherry, then a whiff of (slightly old) pot pourri. As things develop so you get old waxed leather mixed with jelly babies, blackcurrant cordial, deep spices and mixed nuts. With water added it takes on a more classically mature cast: beeswax, toffee apple and orange Pekoe tea. Water mellows things without diminishing the richness, while adding in a little overripe banana and a more honeyed element.

Palate: Medium-bodied with a very gentle flow – the grain is particularly elegant – allowing it to skim the palate. You do need to pay attention to find the dried fig fruit, sugared plums, and then caramel, before things deepen into liquorice and dark chocolate, all bound together with this toffee-like grain. Be careful with the water. A splash allows it to expand in the mouth.

Finish: Lightly drying with fine-grained tannin. Long.

Conclusion: Lovely blending here. Take your time, relax and concentrate.

One of our favourite independent bottlers, Berry Bros. & Rudd is a stored London based firm which has resided at #3 St. James Street, a stone's throw from St. James Palace, since 1698. Primarily a wine merchant, they have also played a prominent role in the Scotch whisky industry. In addition to founding the Cutty Sark Blend, and managing the Glenrothes brand for 30 years, BBR is also an independent bottler. We have long been impressed not only by the quality of their independent bottlings, but also their value! 

Berry Bros. & Rudd in Their Own Words

With two Royal Warrants and more than 300 years of history, Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s original wine and spirits merchant. 

We can trace our history back to 1698, when an enterprising woman called the Widow Bourne started an “Italian grocer’s” at No.3 St James’s Street, selling tea, snuff, spices and the most fashionable drink of the day, coffee. The sign of the coffee mill still hangs outside our premises at No.3 today, in tribute to our roots.

In due course, our focus shifted to something a little bit stronger. As wine became important to the business, so too did spirits, and we started bottling casks under our label in the early 19th century, making us Britain’s oldest independent spirits bottler. Three centuries on, the family business continues to flourish, with its heart still very much at No.3.

While much has changed over the years, we are still owned and managed by members of the Berry and Rudd families, and we continue to supply the British Royal Family, as we have done since the reign of King George III. We still, from time to time, weigh customers on a giant set of coffee scales, a tradition which began in the 1760s, with Lord Byron, William Pitt and Beau Brummell among those who have had their weights recorded in our ledgers. Most importantly, we still believe that everything you should look for in a wine or spirit comes down to one simple question: “Is it good to drink?”

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