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July 15, 2013


Tasting two 1995 Glenrothes

These babies should be quite different despite an identical vintage. Shall we find honey and nuts?...

Glenrothes 1995/2011 (43%, OB)

Glenrothes 1995/2011 (43%, OB) Three stars and a half There was a 1995/2010 that was very pleasant (WF 83). Colour: pale gold. Nose: oh yeah, honey and roasted nuts all over the place, as well as a lot of malt, rather Ovaltine-style. Add to that notes of tarte tatin, caramel and warm praline and you’ll get a rather accurate picture. Very typical middle-aged Glenrothes. Also touches of walnuts and sweet wine coming through later. Dried figs. Mouth: a little narrower but pleasantly malty and fudge-y, with also some chocolate, raisins, honey sauce and orange cake. It’s a smooth and easy tipple, with good body but of course it’s no big beast. Nice touches of grass and green tea as well. Finish: of medium length, honeyed, with roasted peanuts and maybe pecans. Nope, no cashews this time – but maybe Macadamia nuts? Orange marmalade in the aftertaste. Comments: good and easy, very ‘medium’, whatever that means. The definition of malt whisky, in a way. I like it. SGP:441 - 84 points.

Glenrothes 17 yo 1995/2013 (46%, Signatory Vintage, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #6972, 761 bottles)

Glenrothes 17 yo 1995/2013 (46%, Signatory Vintage, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #6972, 761 bottles) Four stars A pretty great sister cask was bottled for Waldhaus am See in Switzerland in 2012. Colour: amber. Nose: this is funny, this is a single cask by a well-reputed indie and the whisky’s the same as the official. That very rarely happens in my experience. After a few minutes, maybe this one’s got added touches of shoe polish and a little gunpowder, as well as a little cough mixture… Very nice nose, quite complex and somewhat old-style. Mouth: once again, it’s the OB with a little more oomph, gunpowder, wax and menthol. And liquorice. If the OB was going to ten, this one goes to eleven, Nigel. Finish: good, long, malty, honeyed, roasted and cake-y. A pleasant earthiness in the aftertaste. Sweet malt. Comments: all good. These bottlings often go unnoticed, especially since the excellent bottlers are much quieter than others (who have more friends on facebook than bottles ;-)). A bottling that’s much to my liking again. SGP:551 - 86 points.
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