Glenrothes Minister’s Reserve was introduced in 2013 as part of Manse Brae Reserve range, named after the street on which Rothes House stands.
The range commemorates the spiritual home of Glenrothes; the distillery history is very closely linked to the Church of Scotland. The three whiskies included in the range – Manse, Elders and Ministers – refer to the fact that Rhodes House was formerly the Minister’s home (also known as the Manse) and it was a place where the Elders of the Kirk would meet. Minister’s Reserve is a highlight of the Manse Brae collection. The whisky was matured for a minimum of 21 years predominantly in European oak ex-sherry casks.
Nose: strong sherry statement, raisins, prunes, bitter orange marmalade, honey, nutmeg, roasted almonds, hints of furniture polish and sherried oak.
Palate: complex, dark chocolate, orange peel, dried apricots, hazelnuts, raisins, banana bread, nutmeg, notes of tobacco and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, dried fruit, sherried oak and dash of pepper.