Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Single Malt Scotch
Glenrothes is the lone single-malt distillery that chooses to vintage-date their Scotch instead of giving an age statement. It’s an unusual practice, but one that Glenrothes fans have come to love – you can explore the growing conditions of the barley, the climate during maturation, across each and every year, in addition to all the other nuances that make Scotch so fabulous.
And every once in a while, Glenrothes goes back and gathers the best of the best from their vintages and creates a Vintage Reserve. This single malt is a blend of vintages dating back 29 years. It epitomizes the unparalled Scotch that is Glenrothes. In this Vintage Reserve the years are:
1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 married together in sherry casks. Now you might think that this is a clever way to non-age-date a Scotch. And that may be true. However, 1998 makes up over 25% of this Scotch, with the rest almost equally split between older and newer than 1998. So the least you’re getting here is an 11-year Scotch that is backed up with over 50% of the lend being 20+ years old. In other words, it’s a heck of a Scotch, and it shows:
The bouquet opens with a fragrance of mature citrus, honeycomb and black and Bing cherry fruits. The palate is silky soft with a creamy mouthfeel that delves further into the red berry fruits offered on the nose. Here the 1989-98 vintages really draw out the complexity, giving sweet mature vanilla and oak notes with a richness of age. The finish is lifted and long – a citrus note lingers as the reminder of first-fill sherry casks.
As Ronnie Cox, the Glenrothes Heritage Director noted, “This Vintage Reserve is an extraordinary feat: our most complex Reserve.” Indeed it is. The sad part is once it’s gone, it’s gone. This the last of its production run – they are discontinuing this blend and it won’t ever bee see again. We’ve got it at a great price – don’t miss it.