The Alba Reserve whisky from The Glenrothes has been relaunched in the UK as Bourbon Cask Reserve to make it easier for consumers to understand what it is.
The whisky is matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks in contrast to the distillery’s usual wood policy of using a combination of Spanish and American oak, seasoned with sherry, bourbon and refill scotch.
It was originally launched in 2010, developed partly to tap into demand for kosher whisky. Despite the level of residual sherry in The Glenrothes measuring no more than 1,250 parts per million, sherry is not kosher.
The original name referred to American oak’s Latin name of Quercus Alba as well as being the old Gaelic name for Scotland. As Alba Reserve, it won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Doug McIvor, spirits buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd, said: “The Bourbon Cask Reserve hits all the right notes. The most soft, succulent, sweet and satisfying Speyside single malt I have ever come across.”
At 40% ABV, the expression is described as “coconut and vanilla, rich and sweet”.
Bourbon Cask Reserve was previewed to the trade in November and is being rolled out to the UK after initially landing in the USA.