All who like Scotch love whiskey, but all like whiskey don’t always love Scotch. If you’re a fan of Scotland’s greatest creation I implore you to get your hands on a bottle of Glenrothes.
Glenrothes is just one of the many “glen” named distilleries in Scotland, and while its name isn’t quite as well known as Glenfiddich or Glenlivet their whiskey is superior in just about every way possible. The distillery itself resides in the Speyside region, the same area of Scotland as the aforementioned lesser Glens.
For those of you not down with drinking a glass of liquid smoke and peat, don’t worry. The Speyside region’s malts are anything but musky, but contain many more interesting notes than the typically lighter highland malts.
The main characteristic of the Glenrothes is its tendency to be both vibrant and spicy, along with the typical characteristics found in a Speyside.
Unlike the majority of the Scotch you’ll find in North America, Glenrothes chooses to label its bottles by vintage, rather than age. In case you have no idea what that means: a vintage means all (well I think the actual rule is over 71%) of the main ingredient (in malted Scotch’s case Barley) was grown and harvested.
The latest offering from Glenrothes, about to be debuted, is a 1995 Vintage. While I clearly haven’t had the opportunity to try this, I have extremely high hopes. This should (hopefully) be one of the better bottles they have released to date.
While a distillery can produce and un-cask a 12 year old Scotch yearly, a vintage can only be produced once. Once the 1995 vintage is gone, it can never be made, sold or sampled ever again. This method of producing and labeling Scotch ensures the buyer knows exactly what they’re buying, as one bottle of vintage 1995 will be identical to another, while one bottle of a Glendronach 12 will be a different Scotch than another in the same bottle, produced in different years.
If you’re a serious Scotch connoisseur, you’re going to want to keep an eye out to get your hands on a bottle of this release before it’s snapped up.
Here’s a short promotional video made by Glenrothes as a little tour of their distillery:
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What did I learn watching this video? The distillery clearly employs at least one serious alcoholic, just look at the size of that flask at 9 seconds. That beast holds enough hooch to get even Gary Busey drunk.