Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is delighted to unveil The Reserve Collection from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes.
Known for producing Vintage single malt whiskies that are chosen at the peak of their maturity, The Glenrothes is proud to introduce a new selection of non-age statement single malt. The Reserve Collection comprises: Sherry Cask Reserve, Bourbon Cask Reserve, Vintage Reserve and a brand new expression, The Peated Cask Reserve.
The Reserve Collection
Vintage Reserve, made up of 10 different Vintages, was initially launched in the UK back in July and Sherry Cask Reserve, our first all first-fill sherry cask expression, was launched last year.
In a bid to be more transparent to consumers, The Glenrothes has renamed ‘Alba Reserve’ as the Bourbon Cask Reserve and the newly released, Peated Cask Reserve, is a first for The Glenrothes.
Vintage Reserve is the expression that best epitomises The Glenrothes Vintage Single Malt philosophy of bottling whisky only once it has reached the peak of its maturity. Vintage Reserve marries together a good many carefully selected Vintages from the last three decades.
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve 40% ABV
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.
Sherry Cask Reserve is matured predominantly in European oak, which delivers a greater array of flavours than the American equivalent and, in particular, the resinous and dried fruit character underpinning the sherry top notes.
Appearance: Burnished gold.
Nose: Orange peel, fruitcake, vanilla, gingerbread, black cherries, pear drops.
Palate: Spicy, ginger, oaky notes, crème brûlée.
Finish: Lingering spiciness with orange peel notes.
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 flavours embedded in the grain of the wood.
Appearance: Pale straw, clear and bright.
Bouquet: Fresh, floral, coconut, American oak vanilla.
Palate: Soft mellow, crème brûlée and berry fruits.
Finish: Smooth, sweet, medium length.
The Peated Cask Reserve
The Glenrothes has always taken an interest in different approaches in which to showcase the depth of the distillery’s character. At first, classically by experimentation with different casks, sizes and wood then, secondly, by looking outside the current box.
By delving into the distillery’s heritage it was discovered that one of the first associations with another distillery was with a company called Highland Distilleries back in 1887. This was an association formed between The Glenrothes and the Islay Distillery Co Ltd.
The research provided the inspiration for the new expression, the task now was to identify some excellent whisky. Deciding on Vintage 1992, The Glenrothes was given a temporary home in a cask hailing from the peaty lands of Islay. It doesn’t take much time to add a kiss of peat smoke to complement but not overpower the usual Glenrothes characteristics.
Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director, describes the Peated Cask Reserve as:
‘A wonderful surprise. Another first! The first modern-day marriage of elegant, fruity, and, of course, mature Glenrothes with subtle but intriguing peaty mists of Islay. “
Malt Master Gordon Motion’s flavour notes appear on the front label: “Lemon fruitiness, spicy and deliciously smoky.”
The Glenrothes Peated Reserve 40% ABV
Appearance: Mid gold.
Bouquet: Nettles, new leather, peat, nutmeg and white wine.
Palate: Peat smokiness, light vanilla, spices and citrus peel.
Finish: Spicy and lingering.
The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve will be sold exclusively through M&S in the UK from November; it will be priced at £45 per bottle.
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