The Glenrothes Soleo Collection is putting the famed whisky distillery’s past behind and stepping into the future. The Speyside distillery is replacing all of their existing Glenrothes expressions with a series of six Sherried single malts. This is a departure from their business model, which consisted of introducing vintages—whiskies that were distilled in one single year—and represents a change of practice that has been in place since 1993. The move reflects a growing movement of choosing whisky by its age statement.
The Soleo Collection consists of a 10 Year Old (40% ABV malt with notes of shortbread, vanilla, and citrus peel), a 12 Year Old (40% ABV with notes of cinnamon and melon), a Whisky Maker’s Cut (48.8% ABV and the only non-age-statement expression), an 18 Year Old (43% ABV), a 25 Year Old (43% ABV, with notes of salted caramel, mango, and coriander), and a 40 Year Old.
Each of these is matured in Sherry seasoned casks. Those casks play an integral part in the distillation, imbuing the whisky with a characteristic red hue and adding in hints of sweet spice. The move may come at a significant financial investment, but Glenrothes is convinced it will be worth it in the end.
While Glenrothes is may be moving away from vintages, they’re keeping their much loved bottle design with an updated label, that will now also feature a flavour map.