Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has unveiled a new peated whisky as part of the new-look Reserve Collection from Speyside distillery The Glenrothes.
Known for producing vintage single malt whiskies, The Glenrothes has released the Reserve whiskies with no age statement. They comprise Sherry Cask Reserve, Bourbon Cask Reserve, Vintage Reserve and The Peated Cask Reserve, all at 40% ABV.
Sherry Cask Reserve, the first all-first-fill sherry cask expression from The Glenrothes, was launched last year, followed by Vintage Reserve, made up of 10 different vintages, in the UK in July this year. In a bid to be clearer for consumers, The Glenrothes has renamed the existing Alba Reserve as Bourbon Cask Reserve.
The Peated Cask Reserve is the first peated whisky from The Glenrothes, inspired by the distillery’s historic association with Highland Distilleries in 1887, a company formed by The Glenrothes and the Islay Distillery Co Ltd – based in a region famed for its peated whiskies.
The Glenrothes Vintage 1992 was given a temporary home in a cask from Islay, giving it a kiss of peat smoke to complement but not overpower the usual Glenrothes characteristics.
Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes brand heritage director, describes the Peated Cask Reserve as “a wonderful surprise. Another first! The first modern-day marriage of elegant, fruity, and, of course, mature Glenrothes with subtle but intriguing peaty mists of Islay.”
Malt master Gordon Motion’s flavour notes appear on the front label: “Lemon fruitiness, spicy and deliciously smoky.”
The first batch of The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve is being sold exclusively through Marks & Spencer in the UK from November, priced at £45 per bottle, but a second batch is due to be released before the end of this year or early next year.
Tasting notes from The Glenrothes
The Glenrothes Peated Reserve
Appearance: Mid gold.
Bouquet: Nettles, new leather, peat, nutmeg and white wine.
Palate: Peat smokiness, light vanilla, spices and citrus peel.
Finish: Spicy and lingering.
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
Appearance: Brassy gold.
Bouquet: Unusually fragrant, soft in style, wafts of mature citrus and honeycomb accompanied with characteristic red fruits.
Palate: Very soft silky/creamy mouth-feel. Red berry fruits swirl and dominate with time over the nebulous nuttiness.
Finish: Mid to long citrus and honeyed vanilla and the faint reminder of first-fill sherry casks.
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
Appearance: Burnished gold.
Nose: Orange peel, fruitcake, vanilla, gingerbread, black cherries, pear drops.
Palate: Spicy, ginger, oaky notes, crème brûlée.
Finish: Lingering spiciness with orange peel notes.
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
Appearance: Pale straw, clear and bright.
Bouquet: Fresh, floral, coconut, American oak vanilla.
Palate: Soft mellow, crème brûlée and berry fruits.
Finish: Smooth, sweet, medium length.