The Glenrothes releases single malt from 1969

Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has released the second in its series of single-cask bottlings of The Glenrothes whisky from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Ronnie Cox, brands heritage director, allows no more than one single-cask release of The Glenrothes each year – as has been the case for the last two decades – as part of The Extraordinary Cask Collection.

This year, it is The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485 – distilled on July 10 1969 and matured in a refill hogshead, cask number 11485, which yielded just 133 bottles at a natural strength of 42.9% ABV.

Ronnie said: “We released the extraordinary cask from 1970 in September 2012, when it was at its peak. There were a mere 179 bottles which have all sold out.

“The time is right to release the latest of these: a delightfully characterful Glenrothes distilled in the summer of ‘69 which, I am delighted to proclaim, is now ready to be committed to glass.”

According to its tasting notes, it has a clear and bright appearance with rich golden hues. On the nose, it has grassy notes with herbal tea, verbena, yoghurt and mint, giving way to ginger honey cake.

On the palate, it is very expressive and intensely fluid, with a beautiful balance of liquorice and barley sugar plus the texture of raw silk. The finish brings mouth-watering lemon, lime and coriander, Indonesian pepper and yuzu. Citrus notes are emphasised by judicious addition of water.

The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485 comes in a decanter, made using hand-blown lead crystal, that has been designed to match the elegance of the whisky and the heritage of The Glenrothes.

The essential shape of The Glenrothes bottle has been retained but is now multi-faceted with heavy crystal at the base elevating the bottle and framing the whisky inside.

The team at creative agency Brandhouse designed the decanter, taking extra inspiration from the world of perfume.

Each decanter has been individually created by a master craftsman at Atlantis Crystal in Alcobaca, Portugal, using the purest form of crystal distinguished by its great resonance, transparency, luminosity and weight.

A plaque made of polished brass is applied to just one front facet, engraved with the year of distillation and the bottle number to guarantee the uniqueness and authenticity of each individual decanter.

Brass has also been used for the hand-engraved neck collar, supplied by Charles Stott of Edinburgh-based Scottish Silversmiths. The head of the stopper is made from the wood of the cask in which it was matured.

The tasting notes label has been positioned around the neck of the decanter to leave the body clear. The label is hand-signed by malt master Gordon Motion and numbered and dated so that each bottle is identifiable and unique.

The outer case is made of fine hand-crafted leather, reminiscent of luxury travel luggage.

Each bottle comes with its own oak plinth, made from solid Scottish oak, for display purposes and a book co-written by seven leading whisky writers, each contributing a chapter about The Glenrothes, its history and the whisky.

Prices will start at £4,000 and upwards per bottle.

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