Two single casks from the Glenrothes Distillery, distilled in 1968.
Release No. 12.
The team at The Last Drop have spent their recent years travelling the world to hunt down that perfect dram, and one of the distilleries they have always held in highest regard was Glenrothes. Home to one of the most acclaimed Single Malt Scotch Whiskies on the market this storied Speyside distillery has a dramatic history attached to it – including the destruction by fire in 1922 of more than 200,000 gallons of maturing whisky - and their cathedral-like Still House is one of the most impressive in Scotland. This remarkable release comprises two Single Casks, both filled in 1968. Unlike our blended Scotch whiskies which may be refilled into different casks more than once throughout their maturation period, these two single casks of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky have spent their lives maturing in the same cask. The relationship between this individual cask, the distillate and the surrounding air brings about a marvellous kind of alchemy with each cask yielding a whisky that is slightly different from those around it. Thus, despite being distilled on the same day in November 1968, our two casks still have distinct differences, along with similarities and shared characteristics of the Glenrothes distilling style which is famously laden with ripe fruits, juicy citrus, creamy vanilla and hints of exotic spice This duo of Glenrothes casks together form our first Glenrothes Single Malt release. Two more releases from 1969 and 1970 - each also comprising slightly different Single Casks - will follow in 2019 and 2020, thereby completing a unique Glenrothes trilogy of wonderful whiskies..
Charles Maclean’s tasting notes...
Cask No. 13504. “Amber with long-lingering beading. A mellow nosefeel, with slight prickle after a while. The highly perfumed initial aroma – scented hand-cream, attar of roses, carnations – reduces in time, infused by notes of almond oil and oak shavings, with a trace of vanilla. A drop of water enhances the wood notes. A smooth texture and a sweet taste, drying in the spicy finish, with a suggestion of Friar’s Balsam medicine and a cooling mentholic aftertaste. ”
Cask No. 13508. “18 carat gold in colour surprisingly good beading for its strength. A slight prickle on the nose and a complex, mellow aroma which is at once fruity and herbal – crystallised greengages, dusty dried mixed herbs – with an elusive whiff of scented smoke, a trace of cigar boxes and after a while a hint of candlewax. The texture is oily and the taste sweet and centre palate, with some saltiness and peppery spice in the long warming finish and a slightly mentholic aftertaste.”
Only 309 bottles worldwide...
Each bottle has been scrupulously bottled and wax-dipped by hand. Part of the ‘Limited Bottling’ range, The 1968 Glenrothes Single Malts are presented in a luxurious deep red The Last Drop Distillers leather case. A generous 50ml miniature, a custom-made stopper, a luxury tasting book and a signed certificate of bottling complete the meticulous presentation.
With only 309 bottles available in total (Cask No 13504 has yielded 168 bottles + miniatures, and Cask No 13508 has yielded 141 sets), demand is likely to exceed supply. Please contact us as soon as possible to secure your allocation of this rare and exceptional single malt Scotch whisky.