The Glenrothes Wine Merchant’s Collection Vintage 1992, finished in Ridge Cask #8.
A limited Edition of only 236 bottles.
With more than three centuries of experience, Berry Bros. & Rudd, owner of The Glenrothes, has long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading wine producers; it seemed only natural to draw on these to create this truly remarkable range of whiskies – The Glenrothes Wine Merchant’s Collection.
Having spent more than two decades in American oak, the Wine Merchant’s Collection whiskies have then been “finished” by introducing them into casks which formerly held some of the world’s most coveted wines.
This particular whisky was distilled in 1992, and matured until 2014 in Hogshead casks. Having rested in these casks, the whisky was then introduced it into an American oak barrel, formerly containing Zinfandel, from Ridge Vineyards, one of the leading lights of California’s wine scene, to add an extra layer of complexity to the spirit.
Ridge Vineyards is famed for producing fine wines that are every bit the equal – in both quality and desirability – of Bordeaux First Growths or Grand Cru Burgundy. Since winemaker Paul Draper’s appointment in the late-1960s, the estate has been at the vanguard of the Californian industry. When, less than a decade after his arrival, Draper’s wines saw off French competition at the now-notorious Judgement of Paris tasting, the estate shot to fame overnight. Its silky, smooth reds with fine tannins and glorious fruit have been in high demand ever since.
Unchill-filtered, natural in colour and bottled at cask strength resulting in an intense, distinctive
and unusual expression.
Appearance: Golden, clear and bright.
Bouquet: Faintly winey, whisky warehouse, deeply scented.
Palate: Creamy mouthfeel, good balance, liquorice.
Finish: Long and lingering.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of the Glenrothes Distillery.