The Glenrothes has been making single malt Scotch whisky in Speyside since 1979.

Today, the storied distillery announced the release of The 25, a gorgeous new 25-year-old Speyside single malt expression by the luxury whisky house. The 25 is priced at $750 for a 700 ml bottle.

“The additional seven years (between The 18 and The 25) have allowed The 25 to evolve and change quite remarkably. In the same way that wisdom is inherently gained over time, understanding how the spirit evolves makes this wait worthwhile.”

— Laura Rampling, The Glenrothes Master Whisky Maker

What’s In The Bottle?

Pot stilled single malt whiskey born of yeast, malted barley, and spring water sourced from the grounds of the Rothes Estate is aged in a combo of first-fill sherry casks plus American and European oak for a minimum of 25 years. The whisky was blended to its final expression by Master Whiskey Maker Laura Rampling and was bottled at 43% ABV.

How Does It Taste?

Company tasting notes: An aroma rich with a nutty sweetness and marzipan, complemented by gentle, fragrant notes of cedar wood, coriander seed, and just a hint of jasmine meet ripe peaches, liquid caramel, and zesty orange peel. The palate features creamy vanilla, ripe stone fruit, and orange oil infused with toasted almonds, Swiss milk chocolate, delicate oak notes, and a lingering sweet spice. The finish is rich and sweet with a silky nuttiness and persisting fragrance.

John McCarthy is a spirit, travel, and lifestyle journalist, managing editor, and author of The Modern Gentleman and Whiskey Rebels: The Dreamers, Visionaries & Badasses Who Are Revolutionizing American Whiskey. McCarthy is also editor of Barleycorn Drinks and Director of Judging of the John Barleycorn Awards.