Glenrothes 21 Year Old (1990) (Old Malt Cask)
This Glenrothes 21 Year Old from the Old Malt Cask series dates to before the split of Hunter Laing and Douglas Laing when everything came under Douglas Laing . The Old Malt Cask brand comes under the Hunter Laing portfolio now and it's one of the diamonds they have in their selection.
This is a cracker of a dram showing the spicy fruity and summery notes that you expect from Glenrothes with a lovely kick from the 50% ABV.
This dram is no longer available but keep an eye on places like Master of Malt for more of the Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask range as it continues to put out some brilliant drams.
Initially theres a light freshness with a touch of sherried dried fruit, it kind of reminds me a little of the Balblair vintages with that same fresh summery appeal with sherried dark fruits, light oak and a sweetness thats like smelling plum and nectarine skin. When left in the glass for a while longer there is a note of spiced ginger that comes through.
more of the sherried dried fruits, sultanas and raisins for sure and theres a plum skin note again along with a touch of light oak, touch of spice coming through also.
the oak becomes more prominent and the finish goes on forever