Speyside distillery releases spooky whisky for Halloween

For the second year in a row, The Glenrothes has revealed its peated, 13 Year Old Halloween Edition 2019 whisky.

Published 18th Oct 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Matured in both sherry and bourbon seasoned casks, the Halloween whisky is finished in peated casks and bottled at natural colour.

The resulting single malt has distinct aromas of wood smoke and creamy vanilla, and offers a taste of  orange peel and light peat. The flavour lingers for a sweet and smoky aftertaste.

The Glenrothes Halloween Edition 2019 is hoping to restore the mystique and mystery of traditional Halloween celebrations through a new digitised way for consumers to connect with the brand.

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on each bottle allows consumers to access a hidden web page and exclusive tasting video with the mythological “Spirit of Rothes”. This reveals the secrets behind The Glenrothes 13 Year Old Halloween Edition 2019.

Ally Atha, The Glenrothes Global Senior Brand Manager, said: “The Glenrothes has a number of spooky associations with Halloween; from our curious on-site cemetery to little-known ghost distillery so we knew this would be a popular edition.

"By finishing the whisky in peated casks this limited edition bottling delivers the classic house style of The Glenrothes, with a delicate hint of smoke.”

The Halloween Edition 2019 initially went on sale at midnight on 13 October and sold out within 24 hours.

Due to the popularity and demand from consumers, The Glenrothes will release 130 additional bottles on Friday 18 October with more info available here.

The 70cl bottle is available for shipment to selected regions and priced at £65 plus postage.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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