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Glenrothes 1988 vintage gets second release

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Speyside distillery Glenrothes has unveiled the second edition of its 1988 vintage single malt – eight years after its initial release.

Glenrothes 1988 2nd Edition
Second look: Former Glenrothes malt master John Ramsay decided the whisky needed more time in cask

The first edition of the 1988 vintage came in 2009, when the then Glenrothes malt master, John Ramsay, bottled some of the whisky, but decided that the rest needed to spend more time in cask.

Glenrothes 1988 2nd Edition was matured in a mix of first fill American oak Sherry hogsheads and refill Sherry butts.

Bottled at 44.1% abv, it is higher in strength than the 1st Edition (which was 43% abv) and, said Glenrothes, has ‘greater intensity and a richer character’.

Described by brand heritage director Ronnie Cox as ‘a deliciously full Glenrothes made for the ultimate armchair conversation’, Glenrothes 1988 2nd Edition is available from Berry Bros & Rudd, priced at £375 for a 70cl bottle, and internationally for €359/US$500/NT$8,500.

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