#495 • Gordon & MacPhail Glenrothes 1997-2015

56.8% alc./vol.
Glenrothes Distillery, Rothes, Speyside, Scotland

Today we are looking at a Glenrothes, something that does not happen that often, plus we get a special edition Cask Strength from #8720 drum and bottled for Companions of the Quaich.

What? The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and appreciation of Single Malt Whiskey. It sounds funny to something good about us, no?

As the saying so well Cardinal Guillaume-Egon of Fürstenberg (1629-1704) said so well:

How can you have one pet as a companion and another for dinner?

Nose:
Ripe fruit, grapes and sherry wood. Toffee and hazelnuts. The high alcohol level shows up a bit more than you would like here.

Taste:
Beautiful texture, arrival in the mouth hot and spicy. Astringent wood, grapes, orange, caramel and brown sugar. Salted caramel and Fruit-O-long in power. Alcohol has quickly left the scene to beautiful flavors.

Finish:
Wood and spices, like most good sherry casks, but here we keep the best of all the flavors experienced in the mouth, plus a knob of butter.

Balance:
A beautiful cask strength that knows how to take advantage of all the good sides of this Glenrothes. Gordon & MacPhail were able to score this time. Still unfortunately an edition that will never resurface.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#478 • Berry Bros. & Rudd Ardmore 2010 KWM Cask

Berry Bros. & Rudd Ardmore

58.2% alc./vol.
Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Scotland.

Another great discovery during the visit Québec Whisky de Andrew Ferguson, chief guru of Kensington Wine Market Calgary, here is an Ardmore 2010 Cask Strength, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd for the KWM.

The distillery Ardmore was founded in 1898 by Adam Teacher, The son of William Teacher, the same Teacher as the one behind the blend blend Teacher's Highland Cream. Malt goes almost everything in this blend, there is not much for single malts, so even less for independent bottlers!

We are so lucky to be able to taste this Berry Bros. Ardmore. & Rudd, a Strength Cask and more!

As the actor, director, producer, screenwriter, theater director, draftsman, writer and illusionist so well said George Orson Welles (1915-1985) said so well:

There are three things in life that I can not stand: hot coffee, warm champagne and cold women.

Nose:
Fruity peat, caramelized malt. Leather and vinous tannins. Wood, vanilla and salt complete the picture. Once again the alcohol level is hidden in the shadows, surely ready to stab us as soon as we cross our path.

Taste:
Vanilla, citrus, honey and brown sugar. Oak, spices, peat and light metallic or mineral impression.

Finish:
The spices explode here, but they amplify the mineral side of whiskey rather than hiding it. Slight error. Even peat is too discreet to save the furniture.

Balance:
Very nice effort, but unfortunately its defects exceed its qualities.

Note: ★★★★★