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Recently I'd visited a local bottle shop trying to find some of the beers I import into Australia and as always to try and find some sweet sweet whisky.
Inside this bottle shop which had nothing redeeming inside of it, except for a little gift pack of three different Glenrothes with some glencairn shotglasses, all for $50 AUS.
This gift pack had a recent Select Reserve, a 1995 Vintage and a 1998 Vintage Glenrothes.
Not too shabby for fifty bucks.
I've tried two of them so far, the Select Reserve (not too shabby) and the 1995 Vintage which left quite a bit to be desired.
Tonight was the Glenrothes 1998 Vintage's turn to come up to the chopping block!
First nose was quite acidic with lots of citrus notes and as I've found with quite a few of the Glenrothes needs time to breath.
After being left to sit for around twenty minutes the acidity eases down and the aromas become clearer.
Vanilla, citrus fruits (but not in the intensity it had been at the start), honey and lemon grass all pop up. It's a decent nose, but definitely not one of my favorite's so far.
There's quite a tart taste with this whisky on first sip which then slowly becomes sweet. Honey appears on the palate along with hints of oak and apples, other fruits that I'm trying to identify, but I swear I'm getting a hint of pear then some spices at the end, specifically cinnamon and some nutmeg.
It's not half bad.
The finish is spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg with vanilla and apples at the very end of the palate.
This is a decent Glenrothes, a fair step up from the 1995 vintage, but still not as enjoyable as the Select Reserve.
It's not too expensive if you can find it, odds are running you around $70 AUS, but you are going to have to try and hunt it down as I've yet to see a full sized bottle in any bottle shop in the city.