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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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Thursday, 5 March 2015


Tucked away on a side street in the village of Rothes, giant Glenrothes who produces 5.600.000 liters of spirit each year, but lets only about 3-4% of its production escape the huge blending vats of The Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse brands.

Inside the Glenrothes distillery you'll find 10 stills running 7 days a week, all very lovely lined up - and almost resembling and often referred to as a cathedral style still house. The Glenrothes is not normally open to the public, but if you get a chance e.g. during the Spirit of Speyside festival, do make sure you pop in - it's an impressive place...

Glenrothes Distillery, May 5th 2012 © The Malt Desk

Glenrothes 1995 (26.10.1995/xx.xx.2013) 43%, Distillery bottling

Colour is light amber

Starts with lots of oranges, a trademark Glenrothes features
Then honey, malt, a pleasant nuttiness, grass, vanilla and a hint wood polish

More oranges and honey, vanilla and caramel, some peppery spices along with ginger and nutmeg. Gets very malty towards the end, but the spiciness keeps it all in place

To me this is a very straight forward Speyside malt and its a real easy drinker and probably one you could serve to the new/non-whisky drinker and win him/her over with... especially by adding 5 drops of water to mellow it a bit with. Good stuff!

Finally, thanks to JS for the sample!


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