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Mossburn Vintage Casks No 26 Glenrothes 2007 is a third party bottling of Speyside Single Malt Whisky. It is part of Mossburn’s Vintage Casks range, a collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies each issuing from a strictly limited and select batch of casks.
Mossburn Distillers & Blenders is a brand new Scotch whisky project owned by Marussia Beverage which is part of the empire controlled by Swedish billionaire Frederik Paulsen. The company is headquartered at Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders on the site of the former Jedforest Hotel. Their new distillery, called Reivers Distillery, will be one of the first new distilleries to be built in the Borders for over 150 years. Mossburn have also established Torabhaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye, which opened in 2017 (the second distillery on Skye after Highland Park). The parent company also own the Kaikyo Distillery in Japan which produces Hatozaki whiskies. Not content with this, they have also created the peaty Caisteal Chamuis whisky range. The first Mossburn bottlings were released in 2017.
Building a whisky distillery and waiting for whisky to come online (the spirit has to be aged for at least 3 years before it can even be called whisky) is a long term project. So, in the meantime, Mossburn have started the ball rolling by bottling a small collection of ever-changing single malt whiskies and two permanent blended malts, an Island and Speyside, with bespoke cask bills. There are also some very limited occasional single cask bottlings.
Glenrothes Distillery was founded in 1878 and today operates 10 pot stills. These are characterized by their long necks and spherical bulges, which guarantee a constant reflux and thus produce a fine and complex spirit. This whiskey matured for 11 years in refill hogsheads, which keep the natural distillery character in the foreground.
Mossburn Vintage Casks No 26 Glenrothes was distilled in 2007 and bottled at 46% ABV in 2019 as an 11 year old whisky without any colouring or chill filtration.
Cask Bill HDD, hogshead.
Mossburn Vintage Casks No 26 Glenrothes 2007 has aromas of finely roasted barley malt and some oak are immediately apparent on the nose, followed by sweet malt sugar and Scottish shortbread, along with blossoms and dried peels of orange and the expected vanilla aromas of the oak. Creamy orange marmalade, vanilla biscuits and ginger on the palate, before the spiciness becomes noticeable again later.