The Last Drop’s Trilogy of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the Glenrothes Distillery is a unique insight into distilling history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Glenrothes produced single malt exclusively for blending, so it is extremely unusual to be able to taste single cask single malts from this period.
Each of these casks was bottled separately and are a stunning insight into the similarities and differences between sibling casks. An extraordinary opportunity to taste Scotch whiskies distilled five decades ago, and to compare and contrast three different bottlings from the same distillery.
This Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Glenrothes Distillery is the first in a unique trilogy of single malts from this revered Speyside Distillery. This remarkable release comprises two Single Casks, both filled in 1968. These two single casks 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.
This is the second release in our trilogy of Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Glenrothes Distillery. This release comprises two Single Casks, both filled in 1969 and bottled at the peak of their maturity some five decades later.
Cask Number 16203 is pale amber, befitting its home in ex-Bourbon wood. It starts with quite a dry nose, with notes of beeswax, a smooth mouthfeel and a wonderfully sweet taste, followed by a long and spicy finish.
Cask No 16207, meanwhile, has an open, fruity nose, with notes of papaya and mango which belie its grand old age. The fruit gives way to sandalwood and distinct toffee notes. The texture is smooth with a delightful sweet and sour taste and a long finish. This cask was awarded Best Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask).
The third and final release in The Last Drop’s trilogy of single malt Scotch whiskies from the Glenrothes Distillery. These three single casks have matured like members of the same family: the same genes, but subtle differences too.
These three single casks of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky were filled into cask on 6th December 1970. They have since spent their lives maturing in the same barrels. The relationship between each individual cask, the distillate and the surrounding air brings about a marvellous alchemy with each cask yielding a whisky that is slightly different from those around it.