Glenrothes 1997-2017, 19yo, 58.5% – The Single Cask

This bottler suddenly showed up on my radar when I was randomly browsing Master of Malt. Like I needed to find something to spend money on… Anyway, I tried doing a bottle-share with it, but that didn’t get any traction. However, I decided I definitely wanted this Glenrothes, so I ordered it anyway.

I did sell a sample or two, if I remember correctly, but I was lucky enough to keep most of it to myself. A proplery sherried Glenrothes, not bottled by themselves is mostly a good thing. Somehow their independent casks are soooo much better than what they keep for themselves, I really doubt their selection process.

The guys from The Single Cask were at Maltstock as well, last year, and I remember talking to them. I also remember than  I was kind of wasted so I don’t have a clue what we yapped about.

Tasting notes then, right before I empty it over the coming weekend.

glenrothes-19-year-old-1997-cask-l1097-the-single-cask-whiskySniff:
Very Oloroso-y. A funky combination of fruit and spices. Pecans, dates, caramelized sugar. Quite some oak, dirt, nuts, fruit. Slightly yeasty, somehow.

Sip:
Sweet and rich. Pecan pie, marsipan, the inside of mars bars. Nuts, dried fruits. Some chili heat and oak. Intense, slightly feinty. Very old fashioned.

Swallow:
The finish is quite similar to the palate. A long one too, very rich with pecan pie, mars bars, milk chocolate.

This is a cracking whisky. Even thought it’s 58.5% it’s not overly sharp. There’s a lot of richness that competes with the boatload of alcohol. The combination of all kinds of candybars strangely makes sense. The addition of lots of nutty flavors and some dried fruit makes this more or less the quintessential sherried Speyside whisky.

It’s a shame it was only 85 casks, so it’s all gone. It wasn’t cheap though, at € 130

90/100

Glenrothes 1997-2017, 19yo, L1097, 58.5%, The Single Cask

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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