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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012


From the village of Rothes in central Speyside, the Glenrothes Distillery with its cathedral like stillhouse often lives a life in bit of anonymity - a shame really because it does put out some very good bottlings on its own.

I might add that the distillery is not normally open to the public, so if you want to visit you need to e.g. attend the Speyside Festival... I certainly think its worth a vist for the still house alone...

We see a good handfull of single cask bottling from indepenent bottlers from time to time and the Archives one is one of those... This review also concludes the 6 part 'Archives - Batch 3'-series.

Glenrothes 1988 23yo 06.06.1988/04.01.2012 refill sherry hogshead#7318, 53,4%, Archives

Straw coloured

A baked gristy note, slight alcohol burn on the nose. Some spicy winey sweetness carries through, probably the sherry cask speaking here. Freshly cut grape fruits. After a few minutes the citrus notes become more dominant as does wet oak.

Apples and sugar jarred and shelved for a winter. Fermented garden fruits. Hints of crushed rosehip and that baked spice note from the nose again. Peppery and a dash of oriental spice mix. Finished on a little too much oak in the back of the mouth to really get this taster going...

...a very pleasant dram, nonetheless! :-)


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