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John Ramsay, the Malt Master of Glenrothes, has crafted a selection of The Glenrothes which typifies the distillery house character - ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice. The Select Reserve is a first, a non-Vintage-specific selection carefully chosen by John and produced to the same high quality standards as The Glenrothes Vintage selections; only here he selects and vats from casks from different years. Pale gold in colour, with a bouquet of American oak, vanilla and coconut, with the merest hint of plums. The palate is full and malty, medium sweet, with vanilla and orange zest.
Vintage Reserve is the expression that best epitomises The Glenrothes Vintage Single Malt philosophy. It contains 10 different Vintages from the following years: 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 married together in wood. The variety of Vintages and cask types gives it a balance of mature experience and vibrant youth. For example: - Vintage 1989 is the oldest bringing mellow oak and dried fruits. - Vintage 1998 , makes up over 25%, adds soft, mature, sweet vanilla notes. - Vintage 2007 is the most youthful adding the uplifting lemon citrus notes. Like all our Reserves Gordon Motion hand selects from just 3% of our very finest casks. The process is complex yet rewarding. Only bottling whisky that is mature and ready, whatever its age ,to suit the taste profile. Appearance: Brassy gold Bouquet: Unusually fragrant, soft in style, wafts of mature citrus and honeycomb accompanied with characteristic red fruits. Palate: Very soft silky/creamy mouth-feel. Red berry fruits swirl and dominate with time over the nebulous nuttiness. Finish: Mid to long citrus and honeyed vanilla and the faint reminder of 1st fill sherry casks Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director, describes the Vintage Reserve as: Unlike other malts that bottle by age, we choose whiskies that represent the best of a particular year and marry them together when they are ready. With 10 Vintages, the Vintage Reserve is an extraordinary feat: our most complex Reserve. Vintage Reserve has been awarded Double Gold at the China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) “Best Value” 2015. The CWSA is the biggest and most prestigious Wine & Spirit competition in Hong Kong and China holding two major competitions every year
The Glenrothes normal wood policy uses a combination of Spanish and American oak, seasoned with sherry, bourbon and malt Scotch. However, The Glenrothes Alba Reserve has been exclusively matured in American oak refill bourbon casks, but still exemplifies the distillery core flavours – juicy citrus, creamy vanilla, ripe fruits and complex spices.
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Bright citrus on the nose, with a gentle spice from the 12 years of oak ageing. The palate is creamy with dried citrus peel, Demerara sugar and a touch of vanilla. For me, this is the perfect pre-dinner Whisky. Not overtly serious but far from plain as well. A fantastic introduction to mature Vintage Whisky. Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager It may have taken 12 years but we've finally judged an expression worthy of our vintage label and fit to mark the turn of the century. Laid down in 2001, it has been chosen for its wonderful length and depth, displaying soft but stimulating and conversational properties. Something, which we are sure will get even the most regular Glenrothes enthusiasts talking. The Vintage 2001 bottled in 2012 (Edition 1) was selected from a variety of casks to deliver soft but stimulating and conversational properties. It combines the maturity of oaky vanilla, with the fullness of ripe black cherries and has a lingering, typically Glenrothes finish of soft spices. It has wonderful length and depth, hugely satisfying and an excellent demonstration of the Malt Master's skill and dedication to the art of wood management.
Discover one of The Glenrothes’ most "summery" expressions. With lovely hints of citrus fruit this vintage 1998 was described by Gordon Motion, The Glenrothes’ Malt Master, as "Carmen Miranda's hat in a bottle. Tropical fruits lead with pineapple and mango developing into sweet bananas, coconut and classic Glenrothes vanilla pods." Our vintage 1998 has a high proportion (c. 45%) of 1st fill American Sherry oak cask; 5% from 1st fill Spanish Sherry and a unusually high amount of Bourbon casks (12%) giving it its rich vanilla notes. This expression is the next Core Vintage to follow the Vintages 1991 and 1994. It is one of the first of the Vintages expressly laid down at origin to be bottled as The Glenrothes on maturity. As a result it is anticipated that The Glenrothes Vintage 1998 will have greater longevity than some of the earlier vintages. The comparatively youthful The Glenrothes Vintage 1998 boasts a nose of spicy vanilla, golden syrup and lemongrass. The palate is gentle and quite sweet, with vanilla custard and cinnamon notes.
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The Vintage 1995 was the first ever Vintage specifically laid in cask with the intention of, when mature, bottling as The Glenrothes. With about 30% from first fill American Sherry oak delivering butterscotch: Spice and dried fruits from 1st fill Spanish Sherry oak and the rest from refill casks giving the characteristic Glenrothes balance and complexity of flavour. Arguably it is preferable post-dinner when conversation is in full flow. It fulfils every anticipation of The Glenrothes: A "come-hither" nose filled with exotic spices is followed by a citrus and fruity richness coated in honeyed butterscotch. These flavours, and more, are all delivered on the palate culminating with a long, rich and satisfying, fruity spiciness
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The latest Glenrothes Vintage from the early 1990's. While you might imagine this Vintage would be similar to the 1992, there is a world of difference.The 1991 is less formal than the 1992. Enticing, open and refined it is lively and spicy on first meeting followed by a fruity voluptuousness and with water, liquorice and Demerara sugar evolve in a smoothing and rounded finish. The Glenrothes typical characteristics are all there, of course, but in the 1991 the emphasis is on vanilla, butterscotchy flavours. Try this with Chopin's Nocturne in D flat major. A calming and comforting dram...ideal for taking you away from the rush and dash. Like a leisure walk in a luxurious garden on a late summer afternoon (Martine Nouet - editor, Whisky magazine, France - May 2006)
Created in 1923, Cutty Sark Scots Whisky was the first of the naturally coloured whiskies. Smooth, crisp and light in colour, it contains a high proportion of the finest Speyside malts.
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Many years in oak casks result in this smooth, lighter style whisky.
According to Ronnie Cox, Brands Heritage Director for The Glenrothes, “With the passing of time, vintages from the 1970s and 1980s are inevitably becoming more and more endangered. The 1988 Vintage is a fantastic reminder of how beautifully The Glenrothes ripens from vibrant, zesty youth to rich, full-bodied maturity.” Never before bottled the Vintage has benefited from more than two decades maturing in a combination of Spanish and American oak. The combination gives it the citrus notes a delicious cooked orange flavour and plenty of fruit as well.
Great King Street is the brand new mission from Compass Box; a mission to get people to rediscover the joys of Blended Scotch. Bottled at 43%, Great King Street offers a style and approach to Blended Scotch that has not existed before: using a high proportion of malt whisky (about 50%), truly excellent quality grain whiskies, and the careful use of new French Oak aging for added complexity. All bottled at natural colour and without chill-filtering. The style is rich, round and fruity with hints of toasty oak, vanilla and spice. The name and label are inspired by Compass Box's registered office address - 24 Great King Street, in Edinburgh.
Poit Dhubh, pronounced "potch ghoo", means "black pot", which is the gaelic term for an "illicit still". Poit Dhubh is a fine unchilfiltered blended malt. It is matured in sherry casks and has a soft, graceful flavour with a varying balance of sweetness and peatiness depending on age. The 8 year old is the entry level malt of the range that also includes a 12 and a 21 bottling. The blend is predominantly based on Talisker, and the remainder on various Speyside malts.
Glenfarclas is one of the few remaining independent family distilleries and John Grant who is the current owner is fiercely proud of this. The whisky is one of Speyside's true classics, a big and complex style with good sherry character.
Glencadam is a little known distillery that is located in the eastern Highlands town of Brechin. The 10 year old bottling of Glencadam is a subtle, smooth style of Highland malt. Colour: Straw gold. Nose: Lively, intense. Grassy freshness and citrus tones with hints of spicy oak. Palate: Rounded elegance. Clean, crisp citrus tones. A pleasing harmony between a natural sweetness and the soft spicy oak. Finish: Long and soothing. Rich, clean barley and gristy sweetness.
The little black hill as Knockando translates lies on a bend of the Spey near Aberlour. The malt is used in J&B, adding to the blend a great elegance. The flavours are soft but complex with raspberry, marshmallow and nutty, toffeeish dryness.
Scotland's smallest distillery located in a picturesque glen, just outside Pitlochory in Perthshire. A minty, creamy malt, with a marzipan sweetness and mild smokiness.
Founded in 1885 North British is Edinburgh’s last remaining distillery. Maize and a high percentage of Green Malt are the main ingredients for the production of Grain Whisky, which provide the basis for Scotland’s iconic blends. A pale golden hue, this fresh and lively Single Grain has a sweet aromatic nose with tropical fruit and butterscotch. The palate is delicate and creamy. The light clean finish makes this a fantastic aperitif Whisky, or one to be enjoyed on long summer days.
The Grant family began distilling at Glenfiddich on Christmas Day 1887 and their malt is now the biggest seller in the world. The youngest and best known expression is the 12 years old and the older malts have more luscious raisin and chocolate notes.
Speyside is the heartland of Whisky distilling in Scotland. This region’s Whiskies are renowned for their elegant, floral aromas and fruity, heather-honey style. Berrys’ Reserve has been created by our blenders to capture the very essence of the Speyside style. The fruity nose boasts citrus, toasted oak, honey and nuts. The palate broadens with a progressive build up of creamy malt, more nuttiness and sustained rich fruitiness leading to the sublime elegant finish.
This distillery was constructed around 1870 and was the first to have its own railway sidings - a train is depicted on the label in celebration of the fact. Cragganmore is an aristocratic, complex dram with a dry smoky taste over the sweeter floral notes.
Glen Elgin 12 yrs is a single malt of breathtaking intensity, Stunningly fresh, mouthwateringly crisp and lush in barley, spice and ripe plum flavours, finishing with a dryish, slightly caramel-like note.
The more famous of the orcadian distilleries, Highland Park has a fascinating past and many tales to tell. The whisky is a true classic, displaying a heathery, floral, smoky demeanour and is regarded as a great all rounder.
Auchroisk distillery, (pron. Othrusk), started producing in 1974. A major contributor to some famous blends, it is seldom seen as an independently bottled whisky. This single cask expression has a classic Speyside style nose with plenty of fresh soft yellow fruit, well woven sweet barley and oak. The palate is silky and mouth-watering, balanced with pear juice and apple acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing, uplifting and perilously moreish. Doug McIvor, Berrys' Spirits Buyer
Spirity nose with sweet apple blossom and heathery aromas. Well-balanced palate with a warming, dryish finish. At full strength, heady, nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. Enticing. Intriguing. With a little water, still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt-cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear.The palate is well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.
Matured in refill and toasted American oak casks, with a slightly higher proportion of toasted casks, Talisker Skye has a sweet smoky and maritime style. 2015 Gold Medal Winner - International Wine & Spirits Competition Appearance: Bright 18 carat gold with polished copper lights. Nose: Starts gently with the glorious citrus sweetness of fresh oranges, a note which rapidly develops into orange oil and sweet, soft tropical mango. Behind this, there’s a maritime air with fresh seaweed, dry driftwood and sea salt. Palate: Soft and sweet at first, coating and tongue tingling, with very light smoke. That sweetness quickly becomes more pungent and savoury with subtle smoke, and a hot spiciness. Finish: Long and warming, yet also fresh, with a big, peppery finale and a late trace of sweet smoke.
Dalmore 12yo is firm, well structured, with silky smooth malty tones on the nose - a hint of Oloroso sherry lingers in the background. It shows great finesse, extolling fragrances of orange, marmalade and spiced notes. The palate shows more elegance than muscle. The aged Oloroso butts smoothen its rich, fleshy body with great harmony. Almost a concentrated citric mouth-feel captivates and tantalises the middle part of your tongue. An aftertaste of great abundance rewards the palate.
Nose: Squidgy yellow fruit,quite light and delicate. Palate: Intriguing and unusual. Very subtle and balanced with a touch of smoke and salt an appealing clean malty sweetness. Finish: Medium,clean and fruity with smoky underlay. I have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to Longrow.This is a revelation! Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Magazine Nose Dry smoke. Cigars and canvas. Rockpools/wet stone and rain moistened tweed. Water makes it more like oilskins (maybe put on over the tweed?) and turned earth. Young but enigmatic. Palate Smoke,then an unctuous thick feel. Clings to the tongue. Deep syrupy fruit,semi-dried peach. Brooding and powerful. Complex. Finish Black treacle. Comment A belter. Highest recommendation Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine Issue 70
The 10 Year Old is the perfect introduction to the Springbank range. Whilst bourbon casks are mainly used for maturation, allowing the distillery character to shine through, a number of sherry casks are also used for added body. The light colour of this malt belies the richness of its character. Whilst the nose suggests a wide range of aromas, from citrus fruits to pears and a hint of peat, the palate excites even further with a touch of smoke, vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and the salty tang we have come to expect from Springbank. Complexity is the key word here yet it remains perfectly balanced from first sip to the full, rich finish.