Only 241 bottles of this single malt Scotch whisky, which was aged for nearly 18 years and bottled at cask strength, were ever produced.
Situated adjacent to the Burn of Rothes in the Speyside region of Scotland, The Glenrothes Distillery was founded in 1879 by James Stuart, who had previously been employed at The Macallan Distillery. The distillery's history is marred by tragedy — in 1897, construction workers who were attempting to expand the capacity of the distillery started a fire that consumed much of the distillery's infrastructure and equipment. Twenty-five years later, a fire at the distillery's original warehouse caused the loss of 200,000 gallons of maturing whisky. Despite having lost ten copper-pot stills in various accidents since its founding, the Glenrothes Distillery is now a picture of harmony and tranquility.
The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, ripe Scottish barley that is malted and fermented for up to 55 hours using water sourced from the Ardcanny and Brauchhill springs (the springs are situated just a few miles upstream from the distillery). Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled through Glenrothes' copper-pot stills. The stills, which were designed and fashioned to be exact replicas of the original stills installed in 1879, are incredibly tall and uniquely shaped, which contributes to the overall light and sweet flavor of the whisky. After distillation, The Glenrothes' stillmen remove the heads and tails of the distillate and preserve only the "hearts"for maturation (the hearts comprise less than 20% of the entire distillate).
Unlike other Scottish distilleries that bottle their whiskies with an age statement, The Glenrothes Distillery bottles its whisky with a vintage statement. This method of bottling, which emphasizes maturity rather than age, allows each expression of Glenrothes Single Malt Whisky to have its own unique characteristics and personality without being encumbered by its ancestors.
The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1995 (Signatory Bottling) was distilled on Monday, June 5, 1995. The whisky was matured for exactly 6,437 days — nearly 18 years — in a sherry cask (Cask No. 13/24) before being bottled at cask strength on Friday, January 18, 2013.
The whisky has a rich, amber color, with an aroma of brown sugar, caramel, figs and apricots. The hints of butterscotch, ripe fruits, and rich oak give way to touches of caramelized sugar, chocolate nibs and roasted grains. The long, lingering finish has hints of oak and cinnamon that are complemented by touches of roasted nuts.
Only 241 bottles of this single malt Scotch whisky, which is available exclusively through Caskers, were ever produced. Pick up yours today!
115.4 (57.7% ABV)
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Rich, amber color, with an aroma of brown sugar, caramel, figs and apricots. Hints of butterscotch, ripe fruits, and rich oak give way to touches of caramelized sugar, chocolate nibs and roasted grains. Long, lingering finish has hints of oak and cinnamon that are complemented by touches of roasted nuts.