Glenrothes 2009

Enjoying ten years of maturation in a Bourbon barrel, before being re-racked into an Oloroso Sherry Hogshead, has ensured this whisky will develop in depth and complexity. Distilled in 2009, the whisky in this cask will yield 303 bottles at 67% ABV.

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Cask Details

Age10 years
Distillation DateDecember 18, 2009
Cask TypeBourbon Hogshead / First Fill Oloroso Hogshead (Re-racked April 2019)
Original Litre of Alcohol (OLA)176.7 litres
Re-gauge ABV67.00%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)143.34
Re-gauge DateApril 2019
Cask Number#8929/2009

Tasting Notes

Nose – Soft prunes, brown sugar, mince pies.

Palate – Ginger and date loaf, Candied peel.

Nose with water – Raspberry syrup, Greek coffee.

Palate with water – Ginger biscuit, fresh raspberries.

Without water, this whisky dives into all those Christmas clichés of dried fruits and spices that warm a body right through. A slight tartness of candied peel balances the comforting ginger warmth, and only a light touch of sweet marzipan icing.

With water, the nose takes on the character of concentrated raspberries in syrup or icing on an artisanal doughnut, partnered with a rich Greek style coffee. The flavours are still intense and brooding but in a way that will support you through a rainy afternoon.

About The Distillery

The Spey doesn’t even have space to meander more than half a dozen times before it passes by another of our iconic distilleries, set once again among a picturesque patchwork of barley fields. In fact, the town of Rothes is one of those small Speyside communities where local abundance was able to support five distilleries – Caperdonich, Glen Grant, Glenrothes, Glen Spey and Speyburn. Caperdonich was deconstructed in 2010, but the rest are going strong – modern monuments to the plentitude of the fields.
Since 1993 Glenrothes has focused on the evolution of its spirit and the unique character of each passing year – their whiskies released as vintages rather than age statements. For this cask, its origin was in December 2009. In April this year it moved from a Bourbon hogshead into an Oloroso hogshead, starting a new stage in its evolution, bringing maltiness, vanilla and dried fruits into the mix.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 11th at 11:00pm GMT subject to continuation defined below.
  • If a bid is received within the last 2 minutes of bidding, the auction will be extended for an additional 2 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 2 minutes has passed without a new bid.
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  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.