Anyhow, the event was held in the back room of Mary Queen of Scots, the entrance to which is, appropriately enough, a large, black wrought iron prison door. Ronnie Cox, the ever smooth and affable Brand Ambassador for the Glenrothes, conducted the tasting, which included the Select Reserve, the new Vintage 1995, the 1994 (which the 1995 will replace), the 1988 (which is replacing the 1985), and the frankly unbelievable Editor's Cask. I won't go through them in detail here, as we'll be reviewing the 1995 and the Editor's Cask each in our typical idiosyncratic detail on these pages in the coming days. But I will say this: the Editor's Cask is the product of a careful selection process not by the Glenrothes distillery team, but by Noah Rothbaum (whom I also had the pleasure of meeting at the event), Editor-in-Chief of Liquor.com, who visited Glenrothes in May of 2011 and selected a Spanish oak hogshead with 16 year-old spirit in it. It is simply amazing. If you don't believe me, just look at the damn picture. That says it all! At any rate, there are only 120 bottles of the Editor's Cask available, and they price out at $375 a bottle. If there's anyone out there who really, really loves me and wants to be my friend forever, get me a bottle of this as a present, and I'm yours.
There's more I could say here, like how cool the bartenders were or how killer the assortment of grilled cheeses were that the staff served to us throughout, but the important thing here is the whisky. The 1995 is a great addition to the Glenrothes line, in my opinion, and more details on that presently. The Editor's Cask...well, more on that later, too, because I could keep going on and on and on here.
Our thanks to Danielle from Exposure for the invite and for making us feel like maybe we aren't Impostors after all. Of course, when I managed to stumble out of Mary Queen of Scots to my train, I realized otherwise, as we inevitably seem to do before the night's out...
But stay tuned for more details on some very exciting new whiskies! Slàinte!