To celebrate 10 years of ralfy.com, the funny Scot who writes tasting notes and often makes little videos (hey… hang on…), North Star Spirits bottled this young Glenrothes from 2007. The sherry butt yielded 618 bottles.
The nose is liquid Werther’s Original. Caramel galore, joined by pecan nuts, sultanas, overripe banana and dried apricots. Vanille cookies with some camphor. Mildly herbal and floral, but mostly candy-like sweet.
Both body and strength are just fine. This does not need any water. Upon arrival it is quite sturdy, though. Punchy. Again very sweet and only now do the typical sherry notes shine through: yellow fruit, chocolate with praline filling and some spices like cinnamon and cloves. Good, powerful, but it does not truly blow me away.
The finish is long, feisty on apricot marmalade with some pepper.
Very solid Glenrothes, but with just a mild sherry cask influence. That is not a bad thing per se. Around 85 EUR. Records show this is my 40th Glenrothes thus far.