Berry Bros. & Rudd are the oldest wine and spirits merchant in the United Kingdom. Established in 1698, initially selling coffee, the firm gradually expanded into and wine and spirits. It's the latter that draws our attention.
This independent bottler can be visited today at their retail shop at 63 Pall Mall, which they moved into in 2017. The previous retail premises, located at 3 St. James', that has been occupied by the firm dating back to 1698, now serves as their corporate offices in London.
This independent bottler puts out some interesting single malt and blended malt releases. They have enormous stocks of single malts acquired from largely uncommon distilleries over the years, and after some expert cask aging, malt selection and blending, you get to try whiskies that are interesting, often obscure and of high quality. One such series, Blue Hanger (launched in 2014), is a blend of single malts. Blended malt production involves a vatting process (re-casking into a single container) that hopefully allows the flavors of the individual malts to compliment each other when married by the master blender.
In the past, some releases had astounding age statements like the 2nd Limited Release of Blue Hanger that was made up of Glen Grant and Glenlivet. It had an age statement of 25 years. Meanwhile, the 3rd Limited Release was a Glenlivet, Glen Elgin and Mortlach concoction that carried a 30 year age statement. Needless to say, these were amazing releases. However, Berry Bros stopped releasing age statement bottlings of Blue Hanger a few years ago.