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The Glenrothes 40 Year Old


14th November 2019
The Glenrothes launch its first ever 40 Year Old expression.

The Glenrothes 40 Year Old

The Glenrothes has released its first ever 40 year old expression, distilled and filled to cask in December 1978 this rare 40 year old was distilled in copper pot stills which were retired soon after. The current still-house continues to produce The Glenrothes spirit to the same exacting standards; but this particular Glenrothes 40 Year Old whisky created in those those long since retired stills will never exist again.

For forty years the spirit has been quietly resting, nurturing and evolving, the whisky's character has been shaped by it maturation in a combination of sherry seasoned and ex bourbon oak casks. The resulting single malt which has been bottled at 43% ABV is described by the distillery as  being "exquisitely resinous and rich in sweetness with a spicy edge and naturally deep ruby colour. With distinctive aromas of orange oil, peach, cedar wood and almond, The Glenrothes 40 Year Old boasts flavours of sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg, finished with spice and oak tannins".

Commenting on the new release, Gordon Motion, Master Whisky Maker, The Glenrothes, said: "Forty years ago The Glenrothes distillery was different in many ways, yet our whisky character remains unchanged. The release of our new 40 Year Old Single Malt takes us back in time and celebrates the end of an era with the closure of the original still-house. It has been a truly rewarding experience to incorporate some of the last remaining spirit from this time. The very fact that it was created in a place which no longer produces whisky highlights the real rarity of this expression."

Ally Atha, Global Senior Brand Manager, The Glenrothes, added: "We are very excited to launch our first ever 40 Year Old. We have been teasing our online community for the past week, with clips of fleeting beauty and ephemeral moments. They know something unrepeatable is coming and we anticipate a huge amount of demand when the product becomes available to acquire online."

Such is the scarcity of this whisky, this is the first ever 40 Year Old Single Malt to be released by The Glenrothes distillery. A true part of history, both past and present.

As you can imagine you will need deep pockets to taste this one, The Glenrothes 40 Year Old is a limited release of just 594 individually numbered bottles and is priced around 2900 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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