This 9 year old Glenrothes from 2007 was bottled this year from a single cask that yielded 920 bottles. It matured on a sherry butt. Bottler is Morrison & Mackay, who released it in their Carn Mor Strictly Limited series. It is very pale, so obviously a refill cask.
Well, I would not go as far as calling this nose sweet. Lots of earthy notes, a box of cigarillos, loads of garden herbs and some oatmeal, before yellow fruit shows itself. Think stone fruit (apricot and peach) and a yellow apple. All of this sprinkled in some honey. In the background I get classic cake. The longer you leave it, though, the sweeter it becomes. Caramel kicks in with force if you leave it to breathe.
It is silky soft, but immediately somewhat bitter on the palate. Some wood shavings, white chocolate while the peach turns into grapefruit. The honey trades places with Graeffe (light brown) sugar.
The finish is long and spicy until the last moment.
Not the best Glenrothes I have ever tried, to be honest. Maybe this cask should not have been rescued from the fate of becoming part of the Cutty Sark blend. Last seen for just under 50 EUR.