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Issue 72 - History in a glass (The Glenrothes)

Whisky Magazine Issue 72
June 2008


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History in a glass (The Glenrothes)

Berry Bros & Rudd organised the ultimate tasting of The Glenrothes, we found out more.

Some events are so special that you know they will never be repeated again, and the tasting of 16 different Vintages, 12 of which are no longer available, or extinct from the award-winning Speyside distillery was just such an event.

The Glenrothes team hosted the tasting of all its extinct Vintages in the historic cellars of Berry Bros & Rudd, St James's, London.

Given the scarcity of some of these Vintages – only two bottles of each were opened, all drawn from the private stocks of the owners.

The whiskies were arranged chronologically by release date, beginning with the one that started it all, the “Vintage 1979” (launched in 1994) and culminating in the first public appearance of the new 1978 Vintage (bottled in 2008).

The Glenrothes launched its Vintages in 1994 with the release of the 1979 Vintage.

“The idea behind the Extinct Vintages tasting was two-fold; to reinforce the notion that all Vintages are rare and finite and to demonstrate how each Vintage of The Glenrothes illustrates slightly different characteristics of the same personality.” says Ronnie Cox, director of The Glenrothes.

1979/1994 25 per cent first fill sherry American Oak (AO)

Nose: Sherried but not in the assertive way. Distinguished,refined. Damp warehouse. Mossy. Vetiver. Candied orange. Something juicy and ripe.Vanilla uplifts the damp cellar aromatic profile

Palate: Sweet at first then spicy but the burst is controlled. A bony structure

Finish: Tender and bitter too. Drying out...

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