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Glenrothes honours 'quiet man of blending'

Published:  01 July, 2009

A limited-edition expression of The Glenrothes has been created by John Ramsay, who retires this month after overseeing production of the malt whisky since the early 1990s.

Ramsay has identified a parcel of second-fill American oak sherry casks from 1973 to 1987 which have now been married together and gradually reduced in strength but not chill-filtered.

Only 1,400 bottles will be released, available from September at around £700 a bottle, serving as Ramsay's legacy to The Glenrothes.

The whisky is bottled at 46.7%, and is said to be redolent of dark chocolates, blood oranges and vanilla, extremely rich, and with a great balance between oak and fruit.

Ronnie Cox, brands heritage director, said: "This exceptional bottling is a fitting tribute to one of the quiet men of blending; John lets his whiskies do the talking. I am confident The Glenrothes John Ramsay will prove to be an extremely articulate expression that will find favour with whisky enthusiasts everywhere."