Exactly two years ago, in September 2018, Glenrothes announced that they were abandoning the so-called Vintages. In it’s stead they put out the Soleo Collection with age statement. They now have a 10, 12, 18, 25 and even 40 Year Old. The only exception is this Whisky Maker’s Cut, that is bottled at a slightly higher ABV and matured on sherry casks from Andalusia.
The nose is very clean and creamy with hints of hazelnut, caramel and blood oranges. Very soft notes of nutmeg and some fresh tea leaves. The wood slowly becomes louder. Far from bad, but nothing spectacular either.
Oh! I spoke too soon! On the palate, this is a nice flavor bomb. Honeysweet on oloroso and vanilla with a good spiciness. Sweet malt and lots of fruit like raisins, plums and oranges caress the tongue. It’s not the most complex Glenrothes, but it is certainly a very pleasant and quaffable sherry matured malt with some punch.
In the long, spicy and warm finish it suddently turns quite creamy, making me daydream of a summer holdiday. Soleo, olé!
Good and very fairly priced (around 50 EUR). Bang for your buck. Thanks, Timon.