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The Glenrothes unveils rare 1969 vintage at Abbey Road studios

Published:  26 November, 2015

Award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, launched a new tasting platform at Abbey Road Studios this week.

The Vintage Vinyl Sessions pairs The Glenrothes vintages with classic vinyl from the year in which they were laid down.

The inaugural event paired the soon-to-be-released Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1969 with The Beatles' Abbey Road, released on September 26 that year.

Extraordinary Single Cask 1969 is a second-fill hogshead cask laid down on July 31, 1969.

The cask only yielded 69 bottles at natural strength.

The Beatles' Abbey Road was chosen by Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes brands heritage director, together with London-based, American radio broadcaster and specialist vinyl curator, Colleen Murphy.

The evening also included pairings of other vintages with music from the period.

The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage was accompanied by Radiohead's High and Dry,  while the Single Vintage 2001 was paired with Sunrise by Pulp. The Glenrothes XO 1969 was matched to He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies.

Glenrothes at Abbey Road

Cox said: "There is nothing like the influence of music to enhance this liquid; music is after all an incredibly powerful emotional trigger.

"Singles, on 45rpm, are like our single vintages: good enough to be released on their own.

"Albums on 33rpm are like our reserves: a selection of single vintages that, when married together, deliver a truly rounded and complete savouring experience, greater even than the sum of their parts.

"The 1969 is like a platinum album: it's that good, that rare."

 The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1969 is bottled at a natural strength of 43.8% ABV. It has not been chill filtered and, like all Glenrothes' bottlings, is of completely natural colour.

The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1969 will initially be available from Berry Bros & Rudd in February 2016. Prices will start at £4,000 per bottle.