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Glenrothes Select Reserve

Grain cookies

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

16th Jan 2011

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After dealing with the flu for a week (in which no tastings could take place, obviously), I've finally gotten round to trying two Glenrothes. My first encounter with this Speysider was an independent bottle from Wemyss, called Toffee Apples. I enjoyed that one very much. Today, I'm trying the Select Reserve first, a no age statement Glenrothes.

The nose is light and somewhat spirity, with raisins, rum and a hint of soot. Also some nail polish remover. Doesn't sound good, but it smells good, believe me. Caramelized fruit and some spicy (cinnamon?). Give it a few minutes and you'll get that nice round caramel Quality Street candy.

The attack is very soft and fresh, but watery. A lot of alcohol, which then moves over to allow some vanilla and barley. A bit of citrusy notes as well, but the whole remains somewhat flat.

The finish is short and dry, on nuts and grain cookies.

That the bottle is excquisitely shaped is one of the few good things you can say about this whisky. It's a bit of a lightweight, basically. An aperitif.

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5 comments

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

Interesting review Mark, I've been looking at this on the shelves of the local liquor store and was very attracted by the shape too! :) but I will go for something else, I'm looking for a good, stereotypical speysider!

9 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

While I agree with Mark, don't let it influence you on the rest of the Glenrothes range. Most of them surely have good, stereotypical Speyside qualities!

9 years ago 0

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

I trust you both, so where should I start?

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Like WhiskyNotes says: try any of the other Glenrothes. I have also posted my findings about the Vintage 1987 and found that one to be very good indeed. Much better than this Select Reserve.

9 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

If you're on a budget, try to find the 1998. Otherwise, go for a 1984 / 1985. The seventies are the best ones, but you'll need a big wallet...

9 years ago 0

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