The Glenrothes 2001
The Glenrothes // Speyside, Scotland
This whisky, distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2012 (which makes this an 11 year old whisky, of course) is aged in four different barrels. Two were ex-sherry casks, one a first fill Spanish oak and the other a first fill American oak. The other two are refill casks that previously contained Sherry and Bourbon, respectively. First fill means that whisky has not been aged in the barrel prior to creating this whisky and refill means that it has been used to age whisky.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-bourbon & ex-Sherry
"What you get initially is sugar and spice, in particular, brown sugar and cinnamon. Vanilla and caramel come next, but the whisky is not as plush as you might imagine. Lean and spice driven, the whisky has the fruit factor come through at the back end with pear and dried red fruit. There is a nice balance to the dram which finishes quite tidy."