Monday, March 21, 2016


Berry Bros & Rudd has today officially announced the launch of the rebranded Bourbon Cask Reserve, from award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes.

In a bid to be more transparent, The Glenrothes has renamed its ‘Alba Reserve’ expression as the Bourbon Cask Reserve, for the sake of simplicity and to aid consumer understanding.

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve (40% ABV) has been matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks and as per the ‘Alba Reserve’ remains Kosher certified.

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.

Commenting on the launch, Doug McIvor, Spirits Buyer for Berry Bros. & Rudd, said: "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 first announced the name change back in November 2015, as part of its new Reserve Collection, consisting of the Sherry Cask Reserve, Vintage Reserve, Peated Cask Reserve and now the new Bourbon Cask Reserve.

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve, is now available from specialist retailers for a RRP of £45.00.

Posted by Steve Rush