Glenrothes 1979 Editor's Cask #3828, 52.1%

Price: $956.00 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Last year, four whisky editors were invited by Glenrothes' heritage director Ronnie Cox to choose a single cask bottling. Being opinionated hacks, they couldn't agree and so two casks were chosen! This, the oldest, from a refill butt, is for the European markets, and shows hints of rancio: truffle, leaf mold, boot polish, and star anise. The impression is of faded elegance with tannins, fruit, and spice in harmony, and a hint of pomegranate-like bitterness just on the end. £600