Travel Retail Exclusive for The Glenrothes Whisky

The Glenrothes is to release the award-winning* 1991 Vintage in a one-litre bottle exclusively for Global Travel Retail and featuring new packaging.


First released in 2005, under the auspices of John Ramsay, the latest version of the Vintage 1991, bottled in 2010, has been selected by new Malt Master Gordon Motion. The 1991 Vintage is a single malt whisky of great richness as well as the customary elegance associated with The Glenrothes; it is matured in casks of both Spanish oak (Quercus Robur) and American oak (Quercus Alba) which are seasoned with either sherry or bourbon. Oak delivers up to 80% of whisky flavour; this unconventional wood policy gives the broadest possible selection of flavours, aromas and textures from which to create each individual expression of The Glenrothes.


At The Glenrothes, maturity matters more than age; a combination of many factors, including unusually slow distillation in tall copper pot stills, delivers a characteristic sweet, fruity and elegant spirit. Each expression has its own unique personality, underpinned by the distinctive, hallmark characteristics of the distillery – ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and an exquisite spicy finish all enveloped in the creamiest of textures and with a complex and well-poised balance.


The Glenrothes characteristically features tasting notes on the label; the character of the 1991 Vintage is described as “Berry fruits, vanilla and butterscotch”.


This expression has a rich, mature nose of berry fruits, vanilla and white chocolate. The soft, creamy palate features coconut, vanilla and butterscotch. This expression has a long, vanilla sweet finish which makes it particularly suitable to be enjoyed immediately after dinner.


“The 1991 is enticing, open and refined; it is lively and spicy on first meeting followed by a fruity voluptuousness and creamy butterscotch flavours. This is what I call a conversation dram, post-lunch or dinner or even, I’ve heard, mid-afternoon. The point is that it is neither zesty in nature nor so big that it tires. We’re told it is dangerously more-ish. This is your warning.” states Ronnie Cox, Brands Heritage Director.


Tasting Notes: The Glenrothes 1991 Vintage 43%

Appearance:  Autumn gold, clear and bright

Nose:           Rich, mature aroma, berry fruits, vanilla and white chocolate

Palate:          Soft, mature palate, coconut, vanilla butterscotch

Finish:           Long, vanilla sweet finish


The Glenrothes 1991 Vintage Litre will be available exclusively from Global Travel Retail from January 2011 at €80 for a bottle.

Maxxium Travel Retail is responsible for the marketing and distribution of The Glenrothes in Europe.

* The Glenrothes 1991 Vintage was awarded Best in Class, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009 and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009