Info: Berry Bros & Rudd, the owners of The Glenrothes have used sherry casks to mature The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve which are made to specification in Jerez, southern Spain. There is no age statement on this whisky.
Colour: Burnt gold.
Nose: Light, sweet, malty and nutty with a gentle sherry fruit background.
Palate: Gentle and sweet arrival, a little thin on the oils with a tiny pinch of spice muddling along with the late summer stewed fruit flavours. It’s a nice light sherry influence, like sweets (candies).
Finish: Longer than you’d imagine, sweet and fruity with a backdrop of tannins.
Thoughts: A nice addition to the range, and one of my preferred releases that’s for sure, the sherry is playing nicely with the distillery style. The 40% ABV is a shame as a non chillfiltered version would be great, but the lower ABV may be helping to hide some rough edges around the corner, and it is also maybe helping to keep the cost down a little!
Available: Doesn’t appear to be in shops quite yet, RRP is £55.
Thanks to The Glenrothes for the sample.