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The Glenrothes releases Sherry Cask Reserve

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has released The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve, the latest expression from the Speyside Scotch whisky distillery.

The sherry casks used to mature The Glenrothes are made to specification in Jerez, southern Spain, and, despite costing approximately five times more than ex-bourbon casks (which account for over 95% of the casks used in the Scotch whisky industry), the depth of flavour derived from these casks makes the additional investment worthwhile.

Until now, however, The Glenrothes has never released an all-first-fill sherry cask expression. Sherry Cask Reserve is matured predominantly in European oak, which delivers a greater array of flavours than the American equivalent and, in particular, the resinous and dried fruit character underpinning the sherry top notes.

Malt master Gordon Motion’s flavour notes appear on the front label: “Spicy ginger, orange peel, and sherry oak.”

Ronnie Cox, brands heritage director, describes The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve: “The texture is deliciously creamy, a hallmark of The Glenrothes, which develops into a kaleidoscopic rainbow of soft spicy and fruity flavours on the palate, balanced in perfect harmony with lingering overtones of sherry and Spanish oak.”

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve 40% ABV will be available from Berry Bros. & Rudd and its representatives in key markets at a RRP of £55 / €65 / NT$2,000 per bottle.

18 July 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor