Scotch is a whisky that has a wide variety of styles and flavors, which I unfortunately don’t have the time to get into here. But, this is what you need to know. There are five regions in Scotland which produce whiskies: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside; and there are five styles of Scotch: blended grain, blended malt, blended Scotch, single grain and single malt.
GSN has reviewed several Scotches over the years including: Aberlour, Auchentoshan, BenRiach, Bowmore, Cutty Sark, Glendronach, Glenrothes, Glen Garioch, Laphroaig, Monkey Shoulder, Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip.
If you’re looking to try a Scotch cocktail, GSN recommends the classic, Blood and Sand.
Everyone loves a good ghost story. Not too many are associated with distilleries, but The Glenrothes has one.
During the Boer war, a Colonel Grant from Rothes discovered an orphaned boy hiding in some bushes. Apparently, they hit it off, because Grant took the boy back to England with him after the war. His name was Byeway Makalaga and he became quite well-known in the town of Rothes over the years. He even joined the local football team. Finally, in 1972 he passed away. He was buried near the Glenrothes distillery in the town’s cemetery.
In 1979, two new stills were installed, and several workers reported seeing the ghost of Byeway on the grounds. University professor Cedric Wilson was called in to investigate the rumours. He decided that the new project had disturbed some leylines under the earth. He suggested that the stills be relocated elsewhere in the factory. Some time later, the professor visited the cemetery with several others from Rothes and looked out at the hundreds of tombstones. He then directly walked 70 yards to a distant grave marker and appeared to be talking to himself. Even though he had never before been in the cemetery, nor knew where Byeway was buried, he had eerily gone directly to his resting place. When he returned to the crowd of onlookers, he simply told them that the spirit was at rest now. And his ghost has never been seen since.
The Glenrothes 2001 (86 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: A nice balance of sweet and smoke.
Taste: Fruity, with a back-burner of heathery smoke and wood. There are almost two distinct layers here with a vanilla/cherry cobbler holding hands with a traditional Speyside whisky. The belle of the ball.
Finish: Long and with more of those fruity, black cherry notes. Memorable.
Overall: Well done, and a testament to the twelve years spent under the watchful eye of the master distiller.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: The Glenrothes
Single malt Scotch brand The Glenrothes has launched a new three-pack offering, as well as its latest release, The Glenrothes 2001 Vintage. Rolling out in the U.S. this month, The Glenrothes Triple Pack includes three 100-ml. bottle samples of the brand’s Select Reserve, 1998 vintage and the new 2001 vintage. The trio—which is targeted toward the gift occasion—is priced at $39.99. In addition to being featured in the Triple Pack, the 2001 vintage will also be released as a standalone at retail later this summer.
Campari America is reintroducing its premium Sagatiba cachaça brand to the U.S. market. Rolling out this month, Campari will offer a pair of Sagatiba expressions, including Sagatiba Pura ($24.99 a 750-ml.), an unaged entry, and Sagatiba Velha ($29.99), which is aged for two to three years. Both offerings will initially be available throughout New York, Florida, Southern and Northern California and Nevada.
Beam Inc.’s Pinnacle vodka has bolstered its popular dessert flavor line with a new entry, Strawberry Shortcake. Like Pinnacle’s many other flavored entries, the 35%-abv Strawberry Shortcake retails for around $13 a 750-ml.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily