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Glenrothes Select Reserve

Pleasantly surprised

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cReview by @canadianbacon

3rd Sep 2013


Glenrothes Select Reserve
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I received this as a gift and can't say I would have tried it otherwise, particularly based on what information I have been able to find on-line. In my short spirits-drinking life (3 years), I have gravitated mostly towards smoky, peaty stuff.

Anyway, this is very clearly not that, and yet I find myself somewhat sympathetic to it anyway, maybe because it's so unusual to my experience.

On the note it's sweet and fruity, but seems lighter and less intense than the sherry of a Macallan 12 or HP 18, almost more perfumey. I don't know why but I really like the nose on this. It's actually what I mentally pictured cognac would smell like.

In the mouth, quite smooth with some modest burn, very drinkable. Sweet and a bit of spice. Easy-going, but I wouldn't punish it too much for that; I know what I'm going to reach for when I want some punch, and this isn't it. Although I prefer nosing this one, the taste is ultimately appropriate for what you expect.

So for me, a pleasant surprise. Like I said, I don't have anything else quite like it.

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