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We are delighted to announce The Glenrothes has been awarded a quartet of gold medals at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015. The honours include two Gold Medals for The Glenrothes Select Reserve and two Gold Medals for The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve. The Reserves are the heart of The Glenrothes range and have been created to give character, maturity and balance that deliver the best possible flavours. The Glenrothes has been producing Speyside Single Malts since 1879. The Glenrothes's distillery is in Rothes in the heart of Speyside which is acknowledged by connoisseurs as the source of Scotland's finest single malts; indeed, it has the highest density of distilleries of any region. This is due to the unusually clement climate experienced in this area and the ample supply of soft water provided by the river Spey.
The Glenrothes is sought-after by Master Blenders across the land as a 'top dresser' for their blends, contributing an extra dimension of elegance, complexity and quality.
The Glenrothes Vintage Malt is the product of one year of distillation. Unlike wine, where climate is key in determining the quality of the vintage, with Single Malts it is the quality of the wood used in the oak casks which is of greatest influence.
Once a prospective Glenrothes vintage malt has been identified, its casks are systematically checked until such time as the malt is judged to be at its best for drinking; then it is bottled. Normally this ageing process is between 10 and 16 years after distillation, producing a malt characterised by a fruity, spicy nose and a heathery-honeyed palate. On rare occasions, this ageing process can be longer, producing classics with dried fruit character and real mellowness. Recent Awards: The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve won a Double Gold Medal at the China Wine and Spirits Awards 'Best Value' 2015. The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1970 picked up the whisky industry’s highest accolade for design at the World Whisky Awards 2013. It won first the sub-category for ‘Best Design – Limited Edition’ followed by the overall prize for ‘World’s Best Design’.
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
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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)
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.
The Glenrothes has always been proud of the fact that we use sherry casks in every expression excepting the ex-Bourbon cask Alba Reserve expression. Over 90% of all the casks used in the Scotch Whisky industry have once contained Bourbon. Sherry casks are made to specification in Jerez, southern Spain and cost approximately 5 times more for the wood than the ex-bourbon casks. We have always argued that the depth of flavour derived from these casks makes this policy worthwhile but we have never until now developed a first fill Sherry Cask expression. The casks are predominantly of European wood which deliver a far great array of flavours than the American equivalent and in particular the resinous and dried fruit character underpinning the sherry top notes. This bottling reveals a delicious creamy texture that explodes on the palate, this burnished gold single malt delivers soft, spicy and fruity flavours - ginger, orange peel and sherry oak in perfect harmony. Sheer indulgence.
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A charming present for the Whisky connoisseur, this special gift box contains two glasses engraved with the Glenrothes brand and a bottle of Vintage Malt, aged in cask since 1998. This Whisky is a fine example of the revered Single Malts of Speyside, still comparatively youthful and a treat for the senses, gently caressing the palate with notes of vanilla custard and cinnamon. Contains one each of the following: 1998 The Glenrothes, Speyside single malt Whiskey (43%) Branded Glenrothes Whisky Glasses (pair) Presented in a special Glenrothes gift box We regret we cannot export this gift pack to outside the UK.
A charming present for the whisky connoisseur, this special gift box contains two glasses engraved with the Glenrothes brand and a bottle of Vintage Malt, aged in cask since 2001. This whisky is a fine example of the revered single malts of Speyside, still comparatively youthful and a treat for the senses, gently caressing the palate with notes of vanilla custard and brown sugar. Contains one each of the following: 2001 The Glenrothes, Speyside, Single Malt Whisky (43%) The Glenrothes Whisky Glasses (pair) Presented in The Glenrothes gift box
Established in 1879, The Glenrothes is the award winning Speyside Single Malt Whisky of exceptional quality from the town of Rothes in Speyside - Scotland’s whisky heartland. Uniquely we bottle either Vintages or our house style Reserves. This is because we believe that maturity matters more than age - ie, we judge our whisky by how good it tastes, not by how old it is. It is the combined results of our unusually slow distillation in tall copper pot stills, and the variation of cask type and seasoning we use that deliver our characteristic flavours of ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and an exquisite spicy finish. A Glenrothes Vintage Cask is our whisky from a single year that had spent its life maturing as usual in a variety of wood types before being combined into a final cask – either a Hogshead or Butt – to produce a singular expression of that given year’s production. Unchill-filtered and natural in colour our Vintage Casks are bottled at a higher strength than normal, adding further intensity and distinctiveness to this unusual, limited expression of The Glenrothes. The malt-master’s tasting notes read: Appearance: Golden, clear and bright. Bouquet: Cinnamon coated marzipan, vanilla and pear drops with rosewater and lemon developing on dilution. Palate: Sweet, soft and smooth. Victoria sponge with lemon icing and slight spiciness Finish: lingering sweetness with hint of citrus
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This is the Second Edition of the Single Vintage 1992. The First Edition was produced and released in 2004. But John Ramsay, our Malt Master at the time, suggested some of the whisky needed more time in cask. Now, 10 years later, those casks have benefited from extra maturation and are now ready for the release of the Single Vintage 1992, Second Edition. This Second Edition is unchill-filtered and natural in colour, aged in a mixture of refilled Sherry Butts and American Hogsheads. It is bottled at 44.3%, a higher strength than the First Edition, giving it even greater intensity, a richer character and a different style.
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The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage is the latest expression from the distillery and, with very limited availability, is almost certainly the very last Glenrothes from the 1970s. It comprises a small selection of casks, hand-picked by Malt Master John Ramsay, at the very peak of their maturity. John Ramsey describes it as "...rich vanilla, fruit compote and intense spice". The bottle is packaged in a copper and oak frame, reflecting the distillation and maturation which create the whisky's flavours. The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage has been voted the "Best Speyside Single Malt" at the World Whiskies Awards 2008, organised by Whisky Magazine. Rob Allanson describes 1978 Vintage as having "bags of oranges and plenty of mint. Deliciously floral and thoroughly Glenrothes." Whisky writer Dominic Roskrow adds "long, rich and spicy; dripping with class". Ronnie Cox's (Whisky Magazine's Ambassador of the year for 2008) tasting notes: "Masses of plummy spice and rich honeyed treacle on the nose. Wonderful, cooked fruit compote, caramel fudge and orange syrup. Silky delivery, with a long, spicy finish." "Another 70’s classic from The Glenrothes. Delicious, well structured and beautifully balanced." Marcin Miller, Founder of Whisky Magazine Read more on the 1978 vintage
John Ramsay, the ‘Malt Master’ for The Glenrothes since the early 1990s, retired in June 2009. He has been the genius behind the whisky’s exceptional quality, his signature has been on all fourteen labels since 2004. We asked John to make an expression that he would be proud to sign his name to for the very last time. He has identified a pocket of 2nd fill American Oak sherry casks from Vintages ranging from 1973 to 1987. These he has married, reduced very gradually in strength - without chill filtering - to produce a Glenrothes that will stand as his legacy to The Glenrothes. John Ramsay’s flavour notes underline the dark chocolate character, blood oranges and vanilla notes of this malt. Copper engraved label, each individually numbered. Presented in an oak box with bottle shaped window. The pack includes a booklet signed by John Ramsay, while each bottle is etched with John Ramsay’s signature. 1,400 bottles released globally.
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One of two new releases from The Glenrothes; cask number 3828, a refill butt from 1979.
To date, fewer than one dozen single casks have been released by The Glenrothes; single casks are selected because of their individual personality and are considered a rarity.
In view of the worldwide appeal of single malt, four whisky editors from the USA, Taiwan, Germany and France were invited to make the first ever democratic selection of a cask of The Glenrothes. They visited Rothes specifically in order to select one cask in a blind tasting under the watchful eye of Gordon Motion, Malt Master.
However, such is the ability of fine single malt Scotch whisky to arouse passion and debate that consensus could not be reached. The decision was taken, therefore, to bottle two casks, each with the approval of the whisky writers who had chosen them.
According to Ronnie Cox, Brands Heritage Director; “I was delighted with the selections made and the arguments proffered in favour of one or the other. The assiduous quartet was far from concise in its debating. The experts split into two camps and agreed to disagree – a reflection of personal tastes and preferences but two outstanding casks nevertheless.” (theglenrothes.com, December 2011)
Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is proud to announce the second in its series of single cask bottlings of The Glenrothes from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The role of Berry Bros. & Rudd has always been to select the finest quality wines and spirits for its customers: The Extraordinary Cask Collection is a continuation of this philosophy. Tasting notes Appearance: Clear and bright with rich golden hues. Nose: Grassy with herbal tea and verbena; yoghurt and mint giving way to ginger honey cake. Palate: Very expressive and intensely fluid; beautifully-balanced liquorice and barley sugar with the texture of raw silk. Finish: Mouth-watering lemon, lime and coriander; Indonesian pepper and yuzu; citrus notes are emphasised by the judicious addition of water. Ronnie Cox, Brands Heritage Director, as has been the case for the last two decades and following a lengthy process of assessment, allows no more than one single cask release from The Glenrothes per year. He states; “We released the extraordinary cask from 1970 in September 2012, when it was at its peak; there were a mere 179 bottles which have all sold out. The time is right to release the latest of these; a delightfully characterful Glenrothes distilled in the summer of ‘69 which, I am delighted to proclaim, is now ready to be committed to glass.”
The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485 The hallmarks of The Glenrothes are quality and purity, evident in the beautifully-balanced, elegant and well-mannered single malt with peerless texture, perfectly expressed by this single cask bottling. The spirit was distilled on July 10th 1969. Cask #11485, a refill hogshead, yielded just 133 bottles at a natural strength of 42.9% alcohol by volume.
This is the third release from Glenrothes's first series of Single Cask bottlings dating from the late 1960s and early 1970s.The hallmarks of the Glenrothes are quality and purity, evident in the beautifully-balanced, elegant and well-mannered single malt with peerless texture, perfectly expressed by this single cask bottling. The second-fill remade hogshead cask was filled on 19th November 1968. The cask yielded 145 bottles at a natural strength of 41.9% alcohol by volume. This expression is unchillfiltered and, like all Glenrothes’ bottlings, of completely natural colour. Appearance: Bright gold with scarlet notes of burnished copper. Nose: The Glenrothes in its spring-like idiom. Rose petals and face cream, tinned peaches, apricots in syrup, mirabelles in honey. Beeswax polish and candles. Palate: Text-book Glenrothes creamy texture with exemplary integration; mascarpone with orange blossom, very lively with white pepper and Turkish delight. Finish: Leathery and spicy dryness with a reprise of the Turkish delight. A single cask of extreme complexity and elegance. The Single Cask is something that The Glenrothes bottle only rarely. Just occasionally, casks are discovered with such distinguished personality that they can stand alone as examples of supremacy of the bloodline. Ronnie says; “This cask follows our initial Extraordinary releases: a Single Cask from 1970 and a Single Cask from 1969, both of which have all sold out. The latest bottling, a venerable cask from 1968, in keeping with The Glenrothes’ philosophy to bottle at peak maturity, is now ready to be unveiled.”