Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve


The Glenrothes has always been proud of the fact that we use sherry casks in every expression excepting the ex-Bourbon cask Alba Reserve expression.

Over 90% of all the casks used in the Scotch Whisky industry have once contained Bourbon. Sherry casks are made to specification in Jerez, southern Spain and cost approximately 5 times more for the wood than the ex-bourbon casks. We have always argued that the depth of flavour derived from these casks makes this policy worthwhile but we have never until now developed a first fill Sherry Cask expression.

The casks are predominantly of European wood which deliver a far great array of flavours than the American equivalent and in particular the resinous and dried fruit character underpinning the sherry top notes.

Malt Master Gordon Motion’s Flavour Notes

  • Spicy ginger, orange peel, and sherry oak.

Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director, describes the Sherry Cask Reserve as :

  • Deliciously cream texture explodes on the palate into a rainbow of soft spicy and fruity flavours held in delicious harmony with lasting sherry and Spanish Oak overtones.

Appearance: Burnished gold

Bouquet: Orange peel, fruit cake, vanilla, ginger bread, black cherries and pear drops

Palate: Spicy, ginger, oaky notes, crème brûlée

Finish: Lingering spiciness with orange peel notes