A malt whisky first tasted at a Guinness World Record setting event is now available nationwide. ‘Vintage Reserve’ is the latest whisky from award winning Single Malt, The Glenrothes. It was first tasted at the Lord Provost of Glasgow Burns’ Night Supper in January – which set the official record for the biggest such event. I have to confess to not knowing much about whisky myself but I know a bearded man who does. Mr Mostly was more than happy to help me out when we were sent a bottle to review!
Beautifully crafted by malt master Gordon Motion, it is Glenrothes’ most complex whisky yet, featuring a blend of vintage malts from the last three decades. As such, Vintage Reserve continues The Glenrothes’ unique approach of marrying the finest whiskies of a particular year and bottling at the precise moment they are ready. This is in contrast to many distillers who bottle simply based on the age of the whisky.
In Vintage Reserve, older vintage expressions lend mellower, softer flavours, while younger ones add exuberance and citrus notes. Overall, Motion describes Vintage Reserve’s character as ‘mellow, soft fruits, citrus and honey’ and Mr Mostly agrees describing it as ‘one mighty fine dram’
Founded in 1698 at No.3 St James’s Street in London, Berry Bros. & Rudd is probably the world’s oldest wine and spirit merchant. As proprietors of The Glenrothes, it is Berry Bros. & Rudd’s values of quality and integrity which determine the philosophy behind this well-bred Speyside single malt. Vintage whisky, like vintage wine, matures at its own pace. Their long history has provided them with the understanding and patience to ensure that they only offer The Glenrothes at that moment when their experts have deemed it perfectly matured and ready to be savoured.