The Glenrothes have recently released an ultra-limited edition 42-year-old single malt, one of the oldest expressions released by the Speyside distillery to date. Presented in a distinctive bottle and presentation case, the contours of the bottle and the packaging reflect the local terrain around the distillery.
The taste of Speyside
Master whisky maker Laura Rampling was responsible for the whisky selection that would eventually become ‘The 42.’ Choosing four casks of four-decade-old whisky, matured in sherry casks, Rampling has combined them into something that epitomizes the character of The Glenrothes distillery.
The barrels themselves were selected because they refined the signature delicate fruit flavours of Glenrothes’ whisky with a touch of sweetness, without overpowering it.
In the words of Rampling herself:
“These four casks have taken our spirit on a journey of maturation over more than four decades, refining the original delicate and fruity character of our new make spirit without overpowering it. Part science, part alchemy and a little bit of magic, the result is a beautifully elegant whisky that truly allows the bright and vibrant character of The Glenrothes to sing.”
The official tasting notes for The 42 talk about a nose full of sun-ripened apricots, orange peel and sugared almonds and a rich sweet flavour with hints of brown sugar and honeycomb. That sweetness fades into a lingering sweet and velvet-smooth finish.
Perfectly balanced, The Glenrothes 42-Year-Old is a beautiful example of the whiskies produced by this famed distillery. It is smooth, balanced and complex, with a nice balance of sweetness and light spices.