Factors of dialog about whisky typically talk about its age or the make of its cask, however water — star of The Glenrothes’s online-exclusive Aqua Assortment — performs a necessary function, too.
Which explains why the most effective distilleries are sometimes constructed close to — or are provided with — their very personal trusted water supply, lots of which come naturally to impart its ‘terroir’ to the dram. At The Glenrothes, water is so revered because the lifeblood of the distillery that a whole assortment has been devoted to it.
Its distinctive location within the city of Rothes, within the coronary heart of the Speyside area of Scotland, has enabled it entry to not one or two, however 5 pure water sources, all of which have been built-in into its whisky-making course of for over a century.
In addition to comfortable water from Brauchhill and the Fairies Effectively, water from Ardcanny Springs, Burnside and Dounie Wells from the North are additionally used throughout manufacturing, in addition to from The Rothes Burn, which runs via the distillery web site for the cooling course of.
From this online-exclusive vary comes 5 expressions, every distinct in their very own methods however all a becoming tribute to the keystone of the distillery. Like the remaining, the 16 Years Outdated has been matured in specifically chosen sherry-seasoned oak casks, most of them first-fill for a full, refined and well-rounded character.
On the nostril, aromas of brilliant citrus and oak with mild spice set the tone for the wealthy sensorial expertise that Glenrothes guarantees. A sip reveals candy, scrumptious notes of vanilla, plums and cherries, earlier than culminating with the heat of spice and cinnamon in a protracted, lingering end, making it the proper dram for any time of the day, whether or not you’re having a soothing afternoon or searching for a nightcap.
Just like the 16 Years Outdated, the 21 Years Outdated opens with the delectable scent of vanilla, however accompanied by floral aromas of geranium and rose. On the palate, anticipate to be greeted with flavours of cloves, vanilla and cedar wooden, earlier than they spherical up elegantly with hints of woody spices.
The 30 Years Outdated, alternatively, completely marries the affect of the European oak-sherry seasoned wooden with aromatic notes of lychee and jasmine. Count on wealthy flavours of zesty fruitcake and nutmeg on the palate, with a long-lasting end of dried fruits and spices.
The Glenrothes Aqua Assortment comes packaged within the distillery’s iconic bottle, solely this time with blue labels in a tribute to the very waters which have made its whiskies the resounding success they’ve come to be identified over the previous century.