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GLENROTHES (The) Alba 40%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 15356

A few minutes after tasting this Reserve, strong American recollections appear. This is quite understandable since the barrels used to make this blend have all previously contained bourbon. However, this does not mean that it denies its origins.

Profile: Smooth, almost milky (coconut and almond). Lilly of the valley, hyacinth, cardamom and malted barley.

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  • Floral
  • Iodized
  • Fruity
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Unpeated

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vibrant gold.
  • Nose : smooth, almost milky (coconut and almond). Firstly, vanilla, oak and spices (cloves and nutmeg) highlight the influence of the ageing process. Then deeper notes of ripe fruit (apricot, pear and apple) and flowers (lily of the valley and hyacinth) prevail.
  • Palate : both smooth and rich. Following on from the nose, there is a distinct liquid honey taste. This is strongly supported by notes of green wood and incense. Heady florals, lime blossom and cardamom display its intoxicating character.
  • Overall : long, taut. Malted barley arrives right at the end! It almost got left behind on the platform. This would have been a shame since Glenrothes invites us to take a very pleasant train trip across the Scottish countryside. Endlessly bucolic.
The brand

The brand

Up until the 1990s, only a 12 year old bottling was available on the market. But in 1994 a new bottle was introduced with a round and full shape, proudly harbouring within a 1979 vintage. This vintage expression pays testament to the vision of Berry Bros & Rudd, a company known for the quality of its cask selection, a process over which it takes particular care. This bold action brought into question the very concept of age, behind which the majority of single malts hide, and questioned consumers’ perception of the link between a whisky’s age and its aromatic maturity. However, although the year of distillation is important, it is the choice of casks (mostly Spanish wood) that has the biggest influence on the aromatic profile of its “vintage” years, each one with a different balance of spice, citrus and oak.

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