Youngest offering from the Rothes distillery, found it last week in El Pelícano, lobby bar at Meliá Castilla Hotel, Madrid. Tasted it neat, then water, finally ice.
As usual with these whiskies, 'Rothes 10 has been matured only in sherry casks and displays natural colors, in this case a clean golden to amber hue with some greenish undertones when put to the light.
Aroma is very intense and rather sweetish: sandalwood, vanilla, nutmeg. A little water will extract tobacco notes and even a hint of Jalapeño pepper. This distillery tells you about the "character" of your dram in the label on all their bottles, but the only coincidence with my own assessment is the vanilla (and that's a no-brainer.)
Thus, I've got mixed feelings about this idea of telling you what to look for: on the one hand, it might help some; on the other, it biases you towards their intended direction. Just to let you know, I never found any traces of the shortbread or lemon peel they were teasing about.
Mouthfeel begins pungent (in accordance with the final Jalapeño scent, I liked that combination) and becomes oily and slick midpalate, moving slowly through the mouth. Warm and full-bodied, it can take an ice cube without blinking. Medium to long-lasting finish with renewed tinges of vanilla and sandalwood.
Not bad for such a youngster.