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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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Saturday, 13 October 2012


We go back to the small village of Rothes in Speyside for this next review.

This is the 4th Glenrothes I'll be reviewing here and a bit of a speciality as its been partly matured in an Octave cask - a smaller cask of app. 50liter capacity usually used for giving a whisky some more life e.g. if the whisky has spent its first years in a 'tired' cask.

If this whisky originally comes from a tired cask, I'll will not speculate into, but lets do the review and let the note and score speak for itself...

Glenrothes 1970 41yo 06.07.1079/21.09.2011 43,5% ex-bourbon cask + ex sherry octave#491630, 69 bottles by Duncan Taylor for Whisky Shop Dufftown

Colour is gold

Vanilla and wood spices, mint leaves, oak, nuts, custard and demerara sugar, hints of perfume/soapy note

Light, creamy, carletti sweet licorice, some herbal note, dried fruits and quite some natural caramel, bitter oak finish round it off.

Kind of a weird whisky to review, this one... as its certainly influenced by the larger wood contact it has had after spending time in the Octave cask... a bit too much wood character bestowed too fast upon this one, I think... but not bad whisky - not at all!


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