The Glenrothes Rebrands Alba Reserve as The Bourbon Cask Reserve
Berry Bros. and Rudd Spirits is delighted to announce the launch of the Bourbon Cask Reserve from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes.
In a bid to be more transparent, The Glenrothes has renamed the expression ‘Alba Reserve’ as the Bourbon Cask Reserve. The name has been changed for the sake of simplicity and to aid consumer understanding.
The first certified kosher whisky from the highly-regarded Speyside distillery – Bourbon Cask Reserve is matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks and laid to rest in the warehouse, allowing the whisky to pull the aromas and flavours embedded in the grain of the wood.
The Glenrothes’ normal wood policy uses a combination of Spanish and American oak, seasoned with sherry, bourbon and refill Scotch. Of those only bourbon is 100% kosher. Despite the level of residual sherry in The Glenrothes measuring no more than 1250 parts per million, sherry is not kosher. So The Glenrothes developed an expression to satisfy Orthodox Jewish whisky enthusiasts as well as other aficionados of The Glenrothes.
Bourbon Cask Reserve was authenticated by Rabbi Padwa of the London Beth Din in March 2009 and annually thereafter. A stamp from the London Beth Din certifying the whisky’s kosher status appears on the back label.
According to Doug McIvor, Spirits Buyer for Berry Bros. & Rudd; "The Bourbon Cask Reserve hits all the right notes. The most soft, succulent, sweet and satisfying Speyside single malt I have ever come across.” As ‘Alba Reserve’ it won a Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Glenrothes believe that maturity matters more than age; this is the philosophy that underpins the Vintages as well as the Reserve Selections. Each expression has its own unique personality, and this expression is described as “coconut and vanilla, rich and sweet.”
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve 40% ABV
Appearance: Pale straw, clear and bright.
Bouquet: Fresh, floral, coconut, American oak vanilla.
Palate: Soft mellow, crème brûlée and berry fruits.
Finish: Smooth, sweet, medium length.
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve is already available in the USA and will be gradually rolled out into key markets; it will be priced at £45 (€ 59, US$ 55, NT$ 2,600) per bottle.