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The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve launches in UK

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has announced the UK release of Vintage Reserve from The Glenrothes Speyside distillery.

Vintage Reserve is the expression that best epitomises The Glenrothes vintage single malt philosophy of bottling whisky only once it has reached the peak of its maturity. Vintage Reserve marries together a good many carefully selected vintages from the last three decades.

The combination of vintages aged in a variety of casks creates a balanced whisky with mature experience and vibrant youth: the most venerable constituent brings mellow oak and dried fruits. The younger vintages add soft, mature, sweet vanilla; the more youthful Vintages add exuberance and lemon citrus notes.

Malt master, Gordon Motion has selected the casks using character and flavour as his guide, not a pre-determined age. His flavour notes appear on the front label: “Mellow, soft fruits, citrus and honey.”

Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes brand heritage director, states: “This is our most complex Reserve to date. Unlike other malts that bottle by age, we choose whiskies that represent the best of a particular year and marry them together when they are ready. That is in contrast to many distillers who bottle simply based on the age of a whisky. The emphasis is on the quality, taste and flavour of the whisky – not the age.”

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve 40%abv is now available at The Whisky Exchange and Gordon & MacPhail with a recommended retail price of £39.99

For more information about The Glenrothes, visit or contact Maxxium Customer Services on +44(0) 1786 430 500.

22 July 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor