This new whisky from The Glenrothes has the distinction of being the distillery’s first kosher whisky. Now in limited release in a half-dozen states in the U.S. (sorry, Tennessee!), this Speyside single malt carries no age statement but is named after the type of oak (scientific name: Quercus Alba — American oak, ex-bourbon barrels) in which it is aged.
The nose is heavily coconut to the point where Alba indicates this first in the tasting notes right on the bottle, with banana and other mild tropical flavors present in the body. It’s a young and easy whisky, with a tiny touch of smoke on the finish, 80 proof and not too hot, and just fine for an everyday dram. And did we mention it’s kosher?