Nose: Baking spice galore, balanced by chocolate spread on toast, and dried apricot.
Palate: Candied ginger, clove-studded orange, and raspberry jam.
Finish: Oak spice appears on a warming finish, with a burst of bramble fruit.
Story of Glenrothes
In a word, Glenrothes is complex. It is a slow whisky which because of its weight takes time to mature. It also needs longer than most to open up in the glass. This notion of time and speed are central to its production.
Mashing is speedy, while fermentation in a mix of steel and wood is on the shorter side. A ratio of two wood to one steel balances any differences in character, while the length of the fermentation introduces a cereal note beneath the fruit. Distillation, however, is long in very tall stills with boil bulbs which help to maximise reflux and allow the full range of Glenrothes’ complexities to be teased out.
The bulk is then aged in ex-Sherry casks (European and American) which again necessitates the need for lengthy maturation. Ex-Bourbon is also used. The result is a multifaceted single malt which combines nuts and fruits with a distinctly sweet spiciness.