The Glenrothes 2004 Vintage Scotch Whisky

This highly collectible Glenrothes vintage earned 94 points at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge .
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Situated adjacent to the Burn of Rothes in the Speyside region of Scotland, The Glenrothes Distillery was founded by 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 its capacity started a fire that consumed much of the distillery's equipment and infrastructure. Twenty-five years later, a fire in 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 tranquility.

The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, ripe Scottish barley, which is malted and fermented using water sourced from the Ardcanny and Brauchhill springs (the springs are situated adjacent to the distillery). Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled through the 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).

This expression was distilled at The Glenrothes in 2004, and matured for 13 years in American oak Sherry seasoned casks before being bottled in 2017. This highly collectable Glenrothes vintage earned 94 points at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.


“All of the Glenrothes single malt is Vintage malt — whisky distilled and put in cask in a single year, then bottled as either a Reserve or Vintage when judged to be at its peak of maturity, character and flavor. At The Glenrothes, maturity matters more than age. Just 4 percent of the distillery’s capacity is released as single malt each year, ensuring that whisky lovers receive the best of the best. A combination of many factors, including an unusually slow distillation process in tall copper-pot stills, maturation in exceptional oak casks and a commitment to both craftsmanship and sustainability, delivers expressions with unique personalities and complex, well-poised balance” (producer).

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Proof 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name The Glenrothes Distillery
Size 750mL
Tropical notes, honeyed sweetness, and orchard fruits on the nose. The palate is creamy, and smooth with notes of butterscotch, oak, vanilla baking spices followed by a roasted cocoa smokiness.
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