The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
Peated Single Malt
The Glenrothes // Speyside, Scotland
Released to US markets in April 2016, The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve is the newest addition to the Speyside distillery's Reserve Collection. This no-age-statement single malt was created by selecting and marrying 1992 Vintage casks, before finishing in used casks sourced from the peaty region of Islay (therefore, it's not exactly a peated whisky per se, but a non-peated Scotch that spent a few months in casks that held peated whisky). Inspiration came from a time in the distillery's history, when The Glenrothes formed an association with Islay Distillery Co. in 1887.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, refill sherry, ex-peated Islay whisky
"The peaty flavors provide only a small backdrop to the rest of the whisky, and try to elbow their way in without much success. It's also missing the toffee richness that Glenrothes is known for. There's a fair amount of vanilla and orange rind in the midpalate, and some bittersweet chocolate and salty nuts. However, the finish is quite thin, suggesting the twain didn't quite meet. "