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Glenrothes 1994 Vintage, Limited Release - Speyside
Have this one for dessert, but not the main course. This is a very inoffensive scotch, with flavors that are not rugged (at all). Nose is fragrant, palate is sweet, the warming finish is slow-developing.
If you want to have a change of pace from a steady stream of smokey Islays, this Glenrothes is, in a way, the anti-Islay. You could confidently give this to someone who would typically shake-their-head-no when handed a liquor drink.
The packaging of this bottle of scotch makes the owner feel like they have picked up something unique. This is no lie either. It may not take you on a roller coaster ride, but it is very pleasant. It's almost unique in that there are no ups-and-downs at all, just smooth sailing...
Nose-20: sweet-lemon, orange, bread, white sugar
Body: oily, clean
Palate-21: sweet-hickory, maple, caramel, oak
Finish-20: slow warming orange and honey, lingering oak, with a mild lemon-ginger tingle
Balance-22: this whisky does not lean very far in one direction or another. It stays its course. Unfortunately, this is also what makes it only moderately interesting.