THE GLENROTHES RELEASES SINGLE CASK 1968 # 13507
The Third Release in the Extraordinary Cask Collection of Single Malt Whiskies
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, (Spiritsman)4/18/15/ – Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits and U.S. importer Anchor Distilling Company are proud to announce the third single-cask bottling of The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Extraordinary Cask Collection: The Glenrothes Single Cask 1968 #13507. Now available in the United States, The Glenrothes Single Cask 1968 #13507, priced at $9,250, is bottled in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter and housed in a leather-bound carrying case.
The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1968 is a bottling from Cask #13507, a second-fill hogshead cask filled on November 19, 1968, that yielded just 145 bottles, 28 of which are available in the US. The hallmarks of The Glenrothes are quality and purity, evident in the beautifully balanced, elegant and well-mannered single malt with peerless texture, perfectly expressed by this single cask bottling. This expression is unchill-filtered and, like all Glenrothes’ bottlings, completely natural in color.
No more than one single cask is released from The Glenrothes each year – and only after lengthy assessment. “This cask follows our initial Extraordinary releases: a Single Cask from 1970 and a Single Cask from 1969, both of which have entirely sold out,” notes Ronnie Cox, Brand Heritage Director at Berry Bros. & Rudd. “The latest bottling, a venerable cask from 1968, in keeping with The Glenrothes’ philosophy to bottle at peak maturity, is now being unveiled.”
Appearance: Bright gold with scarlet notes of burnished copper
Nose: Rose petals and face cream, tinned peaches, apricots in syrup, mirabelles in honey, beeswax polish and candles
Palate: Text-book Glenrothes creamy texture with exemplary integration; mascarpone with orange blossom, very lively with white pepper and Turkish delight
Finish: Leathery and spicy dryness with a reprise of the Turkish delight; a single cask of extreme complexity and elegance.
ABV: Natural strength of 41.9%
“The Glenrothes has once again demonstrated that they are the masters of vintage cask selections with the very limited release of this exceptional whisky,” says Dennis Carr, President of Anchor Distilling Company. “The 1968 Extraordinary Cask gives us the opportunity to experience a piece of whisky history from one of Scotland’s most storied distilleries.”
Bottled in Beauty
Each of the Extraordinary Cask releases is presented in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter to mirror the iconic shape of the instantly recognizable Glenrothes bottle – a design that received a World Whisky Award in 2013. In keeping with the elegance of the whisky and the heritage of The Glenrothes, each decanter has been individually created by a master craftsman at Atlantis Crystal in Alcobaca, Portugal, using the purest form of crystal, distinguished by its great resonance, transparency, luminosity and weight.
A plaque made of polished brass is applied to just one front facet: engraved with the year of distillation and the bottle number to ensure the uniqueness and authenticity of each individual decanter. Brass has also been used for the hand-engraved collar on the neck of the decanter, supplied by Charles Stott, of the Edinburgh-based Scottish Silversmiths. In addition, the head of the stopper is fashioned from the wood of the very cask #13507 in which the whisky has matured.
The Glenrothes is also recognizable by its tasting notes label – in this instance it has been positioned around the neck of the decanter to leave the body perfectly unadulterated. The label is hand-signed by the Malt Master, Gordon Motion, and numbered and dated to ensure that each bottle is identifiable and unique.
The outer case is fine, hand-crafted leather, reminiscent of luxury travel luggage. Each bottle comes with its own oak plinth, made from solid Scottish oak, for display purposes and a book co-written by seven leading whisky writers each contributing a chapter about The Glenrothes, its history and the whisky.
For more information about The Glenrothes, visit www.glenrothes.com.
About Berry Bros. & Rudd
Over 310 years ago, Berry Bros. & Rudd opened its shop at 3 St James’s Street, opposite St James’s Palace. Since its inception, Berry Bros. & Rudd has been a pioneering wine and spirits merchant. Today Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits Ltd enjoys a super-premium portfolio including No. 3 London Dry Gin (winner of the Gin Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2012 & 2013), The Glenrothes Single Malt Whisky and The King’s Ginger Liqueur.
About Anchor Distilling Company
Named the 2015 Icons of Whisky Importer of the Year by Whisky Magazine, Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and world’s finest spirits. A privately owned San Francisco based distiller and importer, Anchor boasts a portfolio with over 300 premium niche spirits from nearly 23 countries. Our products are from multi-generational family-owned companies, and are sought by enthusiasts and connoisseurs for their superior hand-crafted artisanal qualities. In addition to being an importer, Anchor Distilling is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits. www.anchordistilling.com
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