Glenrothes 1995 Vintage

 

Spirit Type:
Rating:
Single malt whisky 

 

Score:
88/100
ABV:
43% 
Region:
Speyside, Scotland  
Body:
Medium
Intensity:
Medium  
Texture:
Medium  
Balance:
Heavenly  
Best served:
Neat  
Theme(s):
Malt, ripe orchard fruits, dried apricot/fruits, honey, wood spices, bakery spices  

Tasting notes:
This Glenrothes (26/10/1995-6/9/2010) offers a beautiful malty theme that is in line with the Glenrothes character – very well done. 

Nose: Malty, the aroma of luscious malt mingles with ripe peaches and dried apricot layered with herbaceous manuka honey and sugary sap with notes of bark spices such as soft cinnamon and mace. 

Taste: The palate is graceful and elegant with a surge of that malty goodness that is brightened by golden honey and crisper spices (vanilla bean, cinnamon) that ignite for a short period only to be interrupted by a sudden gust of bitter oak. The blunt spices identified on the nose morph into less earthy but sharper bakery spices on the palate; the mace develops into nutmeg and cinnamon flashes more brightly. In line with this theme the herbaceous manuka honey on the nose loses its herbal and earthy qualities to take on a more sugary organic golden honey which sparkles with the waxy sweetness of natural honeycomb of the highest order. 

Finish: Retaining its crisp and clean character at all times, the golden honey weaves around syrup and dried paw paw as a more bitter version of dried apricot lingers 

Likes:
Elegant and juicy maltiness with a classy delivery  
Dislikes:
Slightly overdone malty character with some new spirit chiming in every now and then  
Price:
$110 
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