In our last episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table, we reviewed a Single Malt Whisky expression from The Glenrothes Distillery that is no longer part of their core range. That whisky was their Sherry Cask Reserve.
In this week’s episode, we will be reviewing the 12 Year Old expression that is part of The Glenrothes Soleo Collection which was released in late September of this year. Here’s what The Glenrothes has to say about the Soleo Collection and their 12 Year Old expression:
The Glenrothes has unveiled a striking new range celebrating the rich and colorful origins of the whisky-making journey and its most defining part, the sherry seasoning of the oak casks. The Soleo Collection signals a departure from Vintages and Reserves to age statements and features five entirely new whiskies: 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old, Whisky Maker’s Cut, 18 Years Old and 25 Years Old.
The creation of a single-malt whisky goes through many stages. From the selection of the right raw materials to the time taken to slowly mature the spirit in the oak casks, each step plays its part in shaping every drop. Inspired by the most defining part of the journey, sherry seasoning, this collection follows the grape as it makes its way to becoming sherry and then onward to the seasoning of our oak casks. As the grape evolves, it creates its own distinctive color palette, which we have used as our canvas as we celebrate sherry and the role it plays in shaping our single-malt.
The traditional soleo process has inspired and given its name to this collection, as it brings together time, nature and tradition. After the harvest, the rays of the hot Andalusian sun beat down on the grapes, which slowly absorb its energy; the grapes change from bright green and yellow to deep purple, indicating the optimum time to start the sherry-making process. Subsequently, the sherry created is defined by these grapes, which in turn shapes the casks that define The Glenrothes single-malt Scotch whisky.
While the product range will change over the coming months, with these new expressions replacing the previous Vintage and Reserve portfolio, the unrivaled quality and extraordinary character of the distillery remain the same. As ever, sherry-seasoned oak casks will continue to define The Glenrothes. Close to 90 percent of the casks currently maturing at the distillery have previously held sherry, with an astonishing 70 percent of these being the highly prized first-fill sherry casks.
The 12 Year Old Soleo Collection expression is bottled at 40% ABV and will be available at a suggested retail price of $55 US. This whisky, which is the epitome of the distillery style, is matured only in sherry seasoned oak casks and bottled at natural colour with a character of vanilla, melon, and cinnamon.
Now that you know a bit about the The Glenrothes Soleo Collection and their 12 Year Old expression, check out what Limpd and I had to say about this whisky during our latest episode (Codename: Redrum) of A Tasting at The Murder Table, a Booze Dancing TV Production…