These Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whiskies have spent their entire lives – nearly 50 years – maturing in the same oak casks.
CASK NO. 13508: 18 carat gold in colour surprisingly good beading for its strength. A slight prickle on the nose and a complex, mellow aroma which is at once fruity and herbal – crystallised greengages, dusty dried mixed herbs – with an elusive whiff of scented smoke, a trace of cigar boxes and after a while a hint of candlewax. The texture is oily and the taste sweet and centre palate, with some salinity and peppery spice in the long warming finish and a slightly mentholic aftertaste.
MAX ALLEN, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW This is the whisky I would love to find in my stocking on Christmas Day. It just blows my tiny mind that a spirit distilled in 1968 and then left in cask for nearly 50 years before bottling can taste so fresh and vivid. Incredible, almost vinous perfume of sweet spicy muscat grapes and lemon toast leads onto fine, long, elegant flavours of heather and wheatmeal and vanilla cream, flecked with alpine herbs. Outstanding spirit.