Tasting Notes / Bottles from Glenrothes



Glenrothes 1975 Vintage
Glenrothes 1975 Vintage

2015 is a big year for me personally as it is my 40th in May, as such I will be posting a number of 1975 vintages or 40 year old whiskies this year, starting with this Back Glenrothes 1975.

Glenrothes 1978 Vintage
Glenrothes 1978 Vintage

This is an outstanding dram from The Glenrothes in the 1978 Vintage.

Glenrothes 1988 Vintage
Glenrothes 1988 Vintage

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.

Glenrothes 1989 Cask #8172 (The Single Malts of Scotland)
Glenrothes 1989 Cask #8172 (The Single Malts of Scotland)

This single cask Glenothes comes from The Single Malts of Scotland range of single cask drams, its an old lady of a dram and one i really enjoyed.

Glenrothes 1995 Vintage
Glenrothes 1995 Vintage

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 on

Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)
Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)

So I've had this sample for while, it's been one of the difficult ones for me to pick up ... My love of Glenrothes means i want to drink it, my hate of rubbery oloroso casks has me fearful, but it's time to give it a try.

Glenrothes 1997 19yr (Claxtons)
Glenrothes 1997 19yr (Claxtons)

Another single cask example from Claxtons, this time a heavy sherried whisky from Glenrothes.

Glenrothes 1998 Vintage
Glenrothes 1998 Vintage

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,

Glenrothes 2001 Vintage
Glenrothes 2001 Vintage

Recently released by Berry Bros & Rudd this 2001 vintage of The Glenrothes is a really interesting dram and shows a lot of character from this lovely distillery.

Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Glenrothes 2006 is a young 11 years old, quite unusual for the Celebration of the Cask range, but is full of flavour.

Glenrothes 21 Year Old (1990) (Old Malt Cask)
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 .

Glenrothes 25yr Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)
Glenrothes 25yr Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)

Part of a wee series of Burns Malt single cask bottlings from The Whisky Barrel this is the Glenrothes 25yr Burns Malt.

Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another from the Gordon and MacPhail Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this is the Glenrothes 8 year old from the MacPhails Collection.

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
Glenrothes Alba Reserve

A fabulous dram from The Glenrothes this Alba Reserve is all ex bourbon matured giving it huge pear notes of pear drops and tinned pears in syrup.

Glenrothes Robur Reserve
Glenrothes Robur Reserve

Another interesting dram from The Glenrothes this is the Robur Reserve normally only available in Travel Retail.

Glenrothes Select Reserve
Glenrothes Select Reserve

Thank you to The Glenrothes Distillery and Helen at Big Partnership for the official sample of The Glenrothes Select Reserve.

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

A cracking sherried dram from The Glenrothes is this recently released Sherry Cask Reserve.

SMWS 30.72 Take a Break and Have a...
SMWS 30.72 Take a Break and Have a...

I bought this Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottle when looking for port finished, or matured whiskies and 30.72 Take a Break and Have a... really does hit the spot.

SMWS 30.74 - Sweet Fruity and rich
SMWS 30.74 - Sweet Fruity and rich

A recent trip to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street in Edinburgh

SMWS 30.77 This is Nuts
SMWS 30.77 This is Nuts

Another Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottle, this time 30.77 This is Nuts, which i'd like to thank Chris Miles (@chrismiles303) from Still Dramming for the generous sample.