The Glenrothes distillery has history going back to the late 1800s meaning they have been distilling for some 130 years. The Glenrothes make their maturity claim not in years as you most commonly see on a whisky, but instead by its vintage, that is when it went into the cask. The Glenrothes believe that it is not the years a whisky has been quietly resting in barrels and it is what happens in those barrels, not the time that has passed that they believe in.
Personally I don’t mind the departure from an age statement and won’t get too hung up on a “young” or “old” whisky because things like the size of the cask can have a large bearing on how fast or slow a whisky will mature over time.
Now I don’t often find myself around the Speysides and to be fair this whisky was gifted to me by a dear friend, but I’ll say she has done well.
- Distillery: The Glenrothes
- Expression: Select Reserve
- Age: NAS
- Strength: 43%
- Country: Scotland
- Region: Speyside
- Website: http://www.theglenrothes.com/en/
- Source: gift
Nice golden colour, leaning on slightly dark as opposed to slightly light.
Sweet, brown sugars, bit of vanilla, offset by something savoury or metallic back there but I can’t put my finger (nose?) on it. Wait and sniff enough and some citrus apple is in there
I don’t mind this. Despite the suggesting of sweet on the nose there is a nice hot spiceness as I explore, light pepper. Feels a little thick, not like a liquor, but hints at a creaminess. The label talks about fruits and citrus but I don’t personally find a lot. A dribble of water helps the Select Reserve along enhancing the creaminess instead of feeling like it has been overwatered.
Medium to decent length in the finish, bit of tongue tingle but not unpleasantly so. Vanillas are back, and a sweet boiled lolly, maybe some caramel. Here though is where water can retard the finish a little and shorten it up, so do be sure to experiment.
A very easy drinking whisky that you can sit back with and not have to think about too much, maybe something to look at a sunset with. Despite being a self-confessed peat fanboi it is certainly nice to enjoy a whisky that doesn’t feel the need to punch you in the face on the first sip. I’m encouraged to try more of The Glenrothes vintages. Love that I received such a gift.
At its price (yes despite being a gift I had to check for the review) this is easily a Buy to Try whisky and you shouldn’t be disappointed. People who prefer the sweeter less peaty side of life may also enjoy it more.