WhiskyClub.co from Taiwan has, in collaboration with the Kuva Spirits Collection, bottled a cask of Glenrothes 1997. No less than 300 bottles from this first fill sherry but were bottled, but… in three batches of 100 bottles, each with their own unique packaging! That’s a first, as far as I know. There are 100 bottles in a black wooden tube, 100 bottles in a white leather tube and finally 100 bottles in a bamboo tube. The guy behind the release, my friend Joseph from Taipei, allowed me the choice. I felt the bamboo release was quite appropriate. But what about the liquid inside?
Lovely layered nose on dark fruit and woodsmoke. Mouth-watering. Fresh hint of red fruit. Cherries? Blood oranges and sultana. Roasted coffee beans from Costa Rica. Dark chocolate over mocha ice-cream. Mildly burnt caramel. Ooh, this is very lovely!
Oily and spicy on the palate. First the sweet fruit returns, followed by spices like cloves, candied ginger and chili peppers, followed by a nice bitter edge from the wood. Good balance and lots of flavor.
The finish is very long, somewhat drying, but remains sweet until the end.
Delicious Glenrothes. Great cask choice, Joseph. I’m beginning to think you know your stuff… just kidding! By the way, this is the 4000th whisky I taste. Bit of a milestone, eh?