A Glenrothes 12 Year Old in classic style: fruity and sweet. Aged solely in sherry-seasoned casks, this Speyside whisky has notes of vanilla, melon, banana and cinnamon.
This 12-year-old whisky is part of The Soleo Collection: a range of five whiskies from The Glenrothes, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, which pay homage to the grapes from which some sherries, such as Pedro Ximénez, are made.
Glenrothes 18 yo
(43%, OB 2018)
Nose: remarkably fresh, with juicy pears and oranges at the centre, alongside apricots and a hint of dried bananas. Quite sherbety with waxy / floral overtones. Vanilla cake. Almonds. Herbs and moderately grassy spices like ginger and clove. Nothing ground-breaking but really bright and appealing, less plump than the old products. Mouth: a lot drier now, with more overt wood influence. Clove, ginger, crushed peppercorns and oak char. Roasted nuts and leafy notes. Seville oranges and figs. Mocha. Still the distillery markers of toffee and buttery biscuits. Finish: medium, malty and spicy with some cinnamon and pepper.
This new 18 year-old started off really nice on the nose but became a tad oaky on the palate. Good depth though and a nice Rothes overall.
The Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut (49,8%, OB 2018)
Nose: good, fairly aromatic in the modern style of sherry seasoned casks. Red berries, baked banana, hints of sawdust and vanilla. Some candied orange peel and raisins. Light leathery notes as well. Mouth: similar, with a good dose of sherry. Raisins and oranges. Plenty of toasted wood spices too: pepper, ginger, nutmeg, slightly overpowering perhaps including a slightly bitter edge. Roasted nuts and hints of gingerbread. Lacks a bit of fruit here. Finish: medium, warming spices but also cocoa and more fruity notes now.
Honest, modern whisky. Nicer on the nose than on the palate. Good to have this slightly higher ABV as well