Glenrothes located in Speyside is a big distillery with capacity of 5.6 million liters of spirit per annum. The vast majority of the output goes into blends, especially Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse, with only about 2% being reserved for single malt releases. Glenrothes single malt has been traditionally bottled by vintage but in recent years the company released more then few non-vintage expressions. Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced in 2014. The whisky was aged exclusively in first fill sherry casks, predominantly European oak. It was the first core range expression to be matured solely in sherry wood.
Nose: lots of raisins, orange peel, gingerbread, honey, hazelnuts, chocolate-coated cherries, allspice and hints of cinnamon.
Palate: rich and pretty spicy, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, roasted nuts, raisins, crème brûlée and toasted oak.
Finish: medium long and spicy, extension to the palate.