Malt of the Month: September 2016

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Glenrothes 1989 26 Years Old
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Glenrothes 1989 26 Years Old
The Glenrothes

Glenrothes 1989
26 Years Old

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A new single-cask release from The Single Malts of Scotland, specially selected by the Speciality Drinks team to showcase Glenrothes's sweet, fruity and malty style.

Twenty-six years of ageing have given this whisky lots of complexity, with honey, caramel and toffee notes sat around a core of the distillery's classically malty character. It takes water well, revealing a lighter and fruitier side.

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Tasting Notes

Glass of Glenrothes 1989 26 Years Old Glass of Glenrothes 1989 26 Years Old

From Stuart Peskett (TWE)

  • Nose: Freshly cut green apple, melon and forest fruits at first – very bright and engaging – along with a faint grassiness. Weightier aromas of honey-drenched sponge cake arrive, bringing a rich sweetness. Adding water brings out a heady floral note of fresh roses.
  • Palate: Sweet but not heavy, with toffee, malty digestive biscuits and red berries – summer pudding and strawberry shortcake. A touch of barrel spice at the back, too, lifting the dram and adding character.
  • Finish: Lovely malty note at the finish, with the soft red fruits sitting on top.

Style

    Character

    About Glenrothes

    Glenrothes Glenrothes

    History

    Founded in 1878 and known as Glenrothes since 1884, the distillery has had a successful and influential history. One of the founding distilleries of the Highland Distillers Company, it continues to be a key producer in Speyside.

    Today

    These days the distillery is owned and operated by Edrington, also owner of Macallan and Highland Park, but the Glenrothes brand is owned by wine and spirit merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd. While much of the distillery's output still goes into Cutty Sark blended whisky, its single malts are among the most respected in the region.