The Glenrothes distillery was established in 1878, with production commencing in December of the following year, on the same day as the infamous Tay Bridge disaster. James Stuart, one of the original founders (and the Macallan leaseholder at the time) had already quit the business due to financial difficulties before the stills started running, ... Read More »
An old 1972 vintage bottling of Glenrothes from the mid-1990s with the official short description 'Rich, Spicy, Fruitiness'. That'll be sherry, then, from a period during which Glenrothes produced some of their very best whisky. These early vintage bottlings are getting pretty scarce these days.
Specially selected by retiring Glenrothes malt master John Ramsay after 43 years service, this bottling came from a vatting of twenty second fill American oak sherry casks racked into sherry butts. The two casks showing most development were vatted togather and slowly reduced to 46.7%. A fitting tribute to a giant of the whisky world.
An impressive first entry in Glenrothes's Extraordinary Casks series, intended to showcase some of the older bottlings that they have in their warehouses. The whisky was bottled on April 4th 2012, making it about 42 years old, and is filled into a hefty crystal decanter with a hand engraved brass collar and stopper made from the cask it was matured in.