Glenrothes is a whisky of plump orchard fruits and a somewhat tropical air, especially if it has been, as this one, matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead. Moderate oakiness and fresh vanilla aromas complement this, but this whisky can still be treated as a blank canvas. It could easily be re-racked into an ex port, sherry or wine cask and deal very well with those new flavours.
Glenrothes is rather good even while young, and a 6-8 year maturation is often enough for it to show some really mature characteristics. This cask is celebrating its 11th birthday during this very auction, and is already settling comfortably into adulthood and would be good for bottling if you deemed it to be. The % abv and level of liquid are still high, though – and it could still mature far longer if desired.
Auction estimate: £9,000 – £11,000