• Glenrothes 12 YR Old Malt Cask Bottling Single Malt Scotch

The effects of the sherry barrel are quite apparent in your bottle with aromas of nougat, raspberry, dried cherries, dusty barrel, and brownie batter. The palate is rich and sherry forward, and in spite of its high ABV doesn’t come across as too hot with more present fresh and dried berry fruits notes and a slight chocolate fudge leading to a long and smooth finish. D&M Tasting Notes

The history of Glenrothes stretches back to the whisky boom of the late 1800s. In 1878 a quartet of gentlemen got together and to figure out a way to expand production of The Macallan distillery. When it was collectively decided that perhaps an expansion of The Macallan would be less than ideal, the foursome set out to create a new distillery not too far off in the town of Rothes. As often happens, these men included a mix of sweat equity and banker partners. James Stuart (who had carried the license to Macallan since 1868), joined banker John Cruickshank, William Grant, and Robert Dick (latter two both of Caledonian Bank) in the new venture. This new distillery in Rothes was given the descriptive, if unimaginative name of Glenrothes, and was constructed by the burn (stream) in town at the former location of a sawmill.

Far from an original story in Scottish Whisky histories, but James Stuart had over extended himself financially pretty much from the start. Though he began the distillery, he had to sell his stake in Glenrothes and Macallan soon after opening. From there the distillery operated under the William Grant & Co. ownership for the remainder of the 19th century. The distillery had a nasty habit of catching fire, with fires in 1897, 1922, & 1962 and an explosion in 1903 that nearly totally destroyed the distillery. Thankfully for us, the distillery was rebuilt every time. Over the years and through various corporate owners the number of stills expanded until it arrived at the current number of five sets of stills. Until quite recently, Glenrothes was renowned for their vintage expressions as opposed to age statements; it looks like sadly this will change under their new corporate owners: The Edrington Group (who also love to supersize price, see The Macallan and Highland Park price trajectories.)

Glenrothes is situated at the base of the Mannoch Hills beside the Rothes Burn. The water used for distilling operations comes from two natural springs, the Ardcanny and the Brauchhill that also feed this burn. Today, the distillery is different from the norm in that they have their own cooperage on site. The initial malting does not happen at Glenrothes, but rather comes from Tamdhu Maltings, which is 12 miles away. After mashing and fermentation, the distiller’s beer is transferred to the stillhouse. At Glenrothes the 10 stills work as pairs, and with their tall and slender shape produce an elegant, light, and fruity spirit. The distillery is also unique from most of its peers in that casks are filled with an average strength of 68.9% ABV (effectively still strength) which is higher than the more common 63.5% ABV. The onsite coopers generally work with ex-sherry barrels which is the type here. Michael Kennel, D&M

Glenrothes 12 YR Old Malt Cask Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • Brand: GlenRothes
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  • $79.99


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