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The Glenrothes releases Vintage Reserve whisky

Published:  13 October, 2014

Vintage Reserve is the latest single malt release from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, distributed by Berry Bros & Rudd.

Vintage Reserve is the latest single malt release from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, distributed by Berry Bros & Rudd.

The Glenrothes has taken the unusual step of revealing all the single vintages that have been used to create the new Reserve blend which stretch back to 1989.

In all there are 10 different Glenrothes' vintages in the new Reserve which itself carries no age statement.

The GlenrothesThe latest Glenrothes whisky includes 10 vintagesThe Glenrothes Vintage Reserve is made up of 10 different vintages spanning back as far as 1989.

The single malt is made up of vintages over the last three decades. In all it includes the following: 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Gordon Motion, The Glenrothes' malt master, has also selected vintages that have been aged in different style casks to bring a combination of tastes, flavours and styles to the final whisky that reflect both the traditional and modern ways in which Glenrothes has been made.

For example the 1989 was chosen for its mellow oak and dried fruits notes whilst the 1998, which makes up the largest proportion of the overall blend, has a softer more sweet vanilla style. The more recent vintages add "exuberance and lemon citrus notes".

Motion's flavour notes appear on the front label which read: "Mellow, soft fruits, citrus and honey."

Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes' brand heritage director, said of the new release: "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. Whisky enthusiasts want to know what they are buying and, as ever, we are happy to oblige by being open and transparent about the 10 Vintages assembled together for Vintage Reserve, our most complex Reserve to date."

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve has a 40% abv and will initially be launched in Taiwan in November before being released worldwide in 2015.

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve will launch in Taiwan initially in November 2014 with worldwide release following in 2015. The recommended retail price is TW$1200 per bottle, around £24.50.