February and March saw two sets of single cask releases from Wemyss Malts, a bumper crop which includes two bottlings at cask strength. Click here to see information about the bottings
“Kirsch Gateau” 1988 single cask from Bunnahabhain Distilery, Islay, Cask Strength
“Cacao Geyser” 1998 single cask from Bowmore Distillery, Islay
“Snuffed Candle” 1999 singe cask from Aberfeldy Distillery, Highlands
“Dark Treacle Fondant” 2002 single cask from Craigellachie Distillery, Speyside
“Honeysuckle Bower” 1995 single cask from Linkwood Distillery, Speyside
“Caribbean Crème” 1988 single cask from Invergordon Distillery, grain
“The Rockpool” 1995 single cask from Bowmore Distilery, Islay, Cask Strength
“Foraged Fruit Fool” 1991 single cask from Blair Athol Distillery, Highlands
“Toffee Tuile” 1999 singe cask from Aberfeldy Distillery, Highlands
“Kumquat Cluster” 1993 single cask from Glenrothes Distillery, Speyside
“Stem Ginger Preserve” 1995 single cask from Mortlach Distillery, Speyside
“Rhubarb Royale” 2001 single cask from Benrinnes Distillery, Speyside
I’ve been lucky enough to able to review six of the recent releases, so without further ado, let’s take a look at my thoughts…
Recently I was lucky enough to be invited up to visit The Glenrothes distillery. There’s a few things I want to quickly clear up before I continue… Firstly, The Glenrothes distillery is in Rothes, Speyside…. Not Glenrothes, Fife. Secondly, it’s a brand owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd (BBR)… but the distillery itself is owned and run by the Edrington Group, who produce the spirit for and on behalf of BBR. There’s not many arrangements like that in the whisky industry!
The Glenrothes – Vintage Reserve – 40%
First off, here’s some of the PR info before I get on to my tasting notes which you’ll find below…
Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is delighted to announce the release of Vintage Reserve from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes. As with many single malts, the new expression carries no age statement but, in an unprecedented move, all the Vintages used in this single malt have been revealed.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve – 40%
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).