Known for producing vintage single malt whiskies that are chosen at the peak of their maturity, The Glenrothes first introduced the Reserve Collection in 2015. Each expression is 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 Peated Cask Reserve reflects a time in the distillery’s history when it formed an association with the Islay Distillery Co Ltd. in 1887.
With this historical precedent serving as inspiration, The Glenrothes Distillery selected the Vintage 1992 single malt and gave it a temporary home in a cask from Islay thereby giving the whisky a kiss of peat smoke to complement but not overpower the usual Glenrothes characteristics. According to Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director, the Peated Cask Reserve is, “The first modern-day marriage of elegant, fruity, and, of course, mature Glenrothes with subtle but intriguing peaty mists of Islay.”
The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve (80 proof)
Visual: Pale straw.
Nose: Sweet maltiness with a touch of peat smoke.
Taste: Quite fruity with an ultra smooth entry. After a few seconds, some woodiness creeps in, adding a drier dimension to the proceedings. This is followed by notes of green apple, blackberry jam, toasted whole wheat bread and almond butter.
Finish: Medium long, with a soft fade.
Overall: Really an eminently drinkable whisky. The smoke adds to the experience, but this is clearly not an Islay scotch.
GSN Rating: A-
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