The Glenrothes Distillery, known for producing vintage single malt whiskies, introduced the three new non-age statement single malt expressions in the fall of 2015. The Glenrothes Reserves are a blend of rare and limited Vintages married together to produce distinctive expressions. Each Vintage is chosen to give the final product character, maturity and balance while maintaining the characteristic flavor profile of The Glenrothes Distillery.
The Glenrothes Reserve Collection Tri-Set consists of:
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve is the first all first-fill sherry cask expression from The Glenrothes; it is matured predominantly in European oak, which delivers a greater array of flavors than the American equivalent and, in particular, the resinous and dried fruit character underpinning the sherry top notes.
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve is matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks and laid to rest in the warehouse, allowing the whisky to pull the aromas and flavors embedded in the grain of the wood.
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve is the expression that best epitomizes The Glenrothes Vintage Single Malt philosophy of bottling whisky only once it has reached the peak of its maturity. The new expression comprises 10 different vintages from the last three decades: 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve (80 proof)
Visual: Dark gold.
Nose: Effervescent high Sherry notes overlay a mid-range of slightly smokey Speyside malts. Inviting and somewhat jovial in character.
Taste: Marvelous. The sherry accents the whisky in a way that intertwines them like a Celtic design. You can’t tell where one begins or ends. A fruity and floral masterpiece.
Finish: Medium long with more of the sherry closing the door on the experience. Even a touch of baking chocolate at the end is a surprise.
Overall: Highly recommended and a world-class whisky. Do yourself a favor and keep a bottle on hand for special occasions.
GSN Rating: A+
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (80 proof)
Visual: Ultra pale gold.
Nose: Woodsy, sweet dried corn husk, saddle leather, floral heather, rich malt.
Taste: Lightly sweetened and reminiscent of a grain porridge. Entry is feminine at first, but it opens up into a masculine body and self-assured flavor. The bourbon flavor creates a round mid-tone that warms and comforts.
Finish: Medium long with a dried cherry touch at the end.
Overall: Very nice indeed.
GSN Rating: A-
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve (80 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Deep honey and dried apple notes. Honeysuckle flower. Vanilla bean.
Taste: Dark and rich malt with bright and crisp woodiness. The character is right on the edge of being just a tad too tannic, but a drop or two of branch water takes this away. This tastes like a warm autumnal afternoon in the woods.
Finish: Medium long with some of the honey character hanging on until the last.
Overall: Quite traditional, old school Scottish whisky that has more than enough character to stand out amongst other Speysides.
GSN Rating: A-
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