The Glenrothes launches Vintage Vinyl with an Extraordinary Cask 1969

The Glenrothes unveiled the fourth release in its Extraordinary Cask Series, Glenrothes 1969 Extraordinary Cask #11483, at the inaugural Vintage Vinyl Sessions last night.

The 43.8% abv expression from 1969 is unchill filtered and will initially be available from Berry Bros & Rudd in February 2016 and its representatives in key markets. Prices will start at £4,000 (€5,000 or $7,000) and upwards per bottle.

The idea behind Vintage Vinyl Sessions is to offer a “unique experience” to listen to a specially chosen album made in the same year as the Glenrothes Vintage in its entirety, one that “compliments a particular Glenrothes expression and illustrates the connection between Vintage whisky and Vintage music”.

The first session took place at Abbey Road studios last night. As a follow up to the occasion, The Glenrothes will release the second-fill hogshead cask, filled on July 31, 1969. The cask yielded only 69 bottles at natural strength.

The inaugural Vintage Vinyl Session began with an introduction to the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask 1969 given by host, Ronnie Cox. It was then the turn of music specialist Colleen Murphy to introduce The Beatles album before guests settled in to listen to music and taste fine whisky.

Ronnie Cox, said: “There is nothing like the influence of music to enhance this liquid, music is after all an incredibly powerful emotional trigger; singles on 45rpm, are like our single vintages: good enough to be released on their own.

“Albums on 33rpm are like our Reserves: A selection of single vintages that, when married together, deliver a truly rounded and complete savouring experience: greater even than the sum of their parts.

The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask Series is additional to the release of The Glenrothes Single Cask 1969 #11485, released back in February 2014. The Glenrothes Extraordinary Single Cask 1969 has been bottled from the contents of Cask #11483.