Speyside region – 43% ABV – $50 | £40 | €48
Kosher whiskies day two.
Another year, another whisky. I’ve been hearing about the Glenrothes Alba Reserve for some time now. Actually, I had it last year at WhiskyFest NYC. However, it was one of the last whiskies of the evening and I have to say that after 25+ different whiskies it’s tough to tell what’s good and what’s not. Heck, it can be tough to remember what whiskies you had!
Somehow, I’m guessing because I’m a Jew, I’ve had at least 20 people ask me if I’ve had the the Glenrothes Alba Reserve. It is a kosher certified whisky (by the London Bet Din), matured in refill bourbon casks. It is also a Double Gold winner at the recent 2010 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Kosher & award winning? I guess I just had to try it.
I sort of like the Glenrothes packaging. The bottle is often refereed to as being shaped like a hand-grenade. There’s an odd sexiness to their bottles.
The Alba Reserve carries no age statement.
Let’s see how the fluid is:
Damp wood, old wood.
We’re not going to blow your mind here, just make you want to sip a wee bit.
Slight citrus notes.
Watered down honey.
At 40%ABV, this is an easy drinker (upside).
However, it’s not the most challenging whisky (upside and downside).
Finish – Medium in length with clear vanilla and honey notes.
In sum – An easy everyday drinker. Nothing super special about it but, that’s not a bad thing. This may be a great whisky to give to the casual whisky drinker or as a good gateway whisky.