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“For its age, it is out of this world. Not a hint of tiredness, nor an aged blemish. Brilliant.”

Fifty years on, 1969 is remembered as a year of firsts, of lasts and of seismic change. On 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind”, watched by incredulous audiences around the world. Earlier in the year, the beautiful bird Concorde took her maiden flight. Pop culture, too, had its share of momentous occasions: the Beatles performed live for what became the last time, on the roof of the Abbey Road Studios, and over half a million people gathered at Woodstock.

Meanwhile at the Glenrothes distillery deep in the Speyside region of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, two casks of a rich, fruity single malt were distilled on a golden autumn day and put into two neighbouring casks, where they would rest for nearly fifty years before The Last Drop Distillers team found and bottled them.

This pair of 1969 Glenrothes casks together form our second Glenrothes Single Malt release. The first release, from 1968, was released in 2018, and the final one from 1970 will follow in 2020, completing a unique trilogy of remarkable Glenrothes whiskies.

These two single casks of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky were filled into cask numbers 16203 and 16207 on 27th October 1969. The relationship between each 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.

Jim Murray’s tasting notes...

Cask No.16203: Fruit toffee ensures there is a surprising creamy softness (...) The hallmarks of antiquity are here, they just happen to be without aggression or tiredness. Layers of vanilla and the lightest liquorice without taking away from the short burst of juicy barley which arrives about a third of the way in. Brilliant.” 95.5 points

Cask No. 16207: “It begins with a hint of sharp kiwi fruit. Ulmo honey and fudge prop up the sugars and embolden the chalkier vanillas present in this malt. Heather honey intertwines with the sturdier tannins and spices form (...); so much toasted fudge now. Sugars appear at just the right time and in just-so amounts to help create something rather special.” 96 points. Single Malt of the Year 2019 (Single Cask)

Only 271 bottles worldwide...

130 sets (bottle + miniature) from Cask No 16203

141 sets from Cask No 16207

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