Glenrothes Vintages Tweet Tasting

Another cracking Twitter Tasting, this time I was invited in by Amanda from The Whisky Lounge to a Glenrothes Vintages Twitter Tasting.

Other than the Select Reserve I've not had a huge amount of dealings with Glenrothes so i was really looking forward to this.

Glenrothes 1998 Glenrothes 1998

This was the first of the Glenrothes bottles which were bottled as a "vintage" originally the 1995 was meant to be first but wasn't quite ready, I really loved the initial nose from this dram and it didnt disappoint from there.

Bottle Name Glenrothes 1998
Bottler Glenrothes
Distiller Glenrothes
Age* NAS
ABV 43%
Nose From the minute i opened the sample bottle i was getting some lovely syrupy sweet notes surrounding me, some definite dried fruit sherry notes in here which mix with the syrup and some added fresh vanilla pod. Given a little time it opens up with some tropical dried pineapple and like a tin of peaches in syrup. There's a touch of chocolate in here also when left for 15/20 mins in the glass.
Taste The palate is sweet fruit like the fruit salad sweets i used to eat as a kid and more of the syrup, also has a touch of white wine to it,
Finish Has a bit of heat in it, like the kick from cinnamon on a home made apple pie.


Glenrothes 1995 Glenrothes 1995

This was the original vintage which Glenrothes wanted to release but they waited a little while and released the 1998 instead, that wait really paid off and this is a fantastically rounded dram and one i'd happily keep going back to for more.

Bottle Name Glenrothes 1995
Bottler Glenrothes
Distiller Glenrothes
Age* NAS
ABV 43%
Nose Lovely toffee apple notes, reminds me of halloween, theres a touch of puff candy and undercooked pastry, an extra whiff of cheerios and more of the bramley apples, little touch of wax furniture polish.
Taste more of a floral gummyness with apple and spices, maybe cinnamon, quite subtle but with a real spice kick, opens out to some apple strudel
Finish quite soft on the finish but very drying and a little tannic


Glenrothes 1988 Glenrothes 1988

The eldest of the whiskies we were sampling tonight and one that i really really need to buy a bottle of, this stuff is fantastic and just suits my personal style of whisky perfectly.

Bottle Name Glenrothes 1988
Bottler Glenrothes
Distiller Glenrothes
Age* NAS
ABV 43%
Nose An initial hit of bees wax and furniture polish fall off to banoffee pie, undercooked pastry, summer berries and some light sawdust a little touch of dusty leather book jacket and cranberry fruit tea
Taste Sweet and Spicy, the spicy kick is like clove, cinnamon and demerera sugar topped bramley apples.
Finish a little tannin drying but sweet and appley too


An amazing night in great company and i'd certainly recommend that you try each and every one of these Glenrothes expressions and any others you can get your hands on.