This single cask of The Glenrothes interestingly enough, was bottled at 46% ABV rather than cask strength. When it comes to independent bottlers, and as ABV’s are concerned, Chieftain’s seems to do things a bit different. As a rule of thumb, most indy bottlers will bottle single casks at 40%, 43%, 45%, 46%, 50% or cask strength and they will stick to that ABV for nearly every release.
Rules, however are meant to be broken. Chieftain’s seems to bounce around a bit and will bottle somewhere between Cask Strength and 46% depending on the release, yet they are always non-chill filtered (thankfully) and have no added coloring.
As mentioned, this whisky was bottled at 46%; a full 3% higher than nearly all OB bottlings of The Glenrothes.
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