Hunter Laing Glenrothes Tasting Notes

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Glenrothes, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 1998? (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2374/ Tasted: May 2014

The nose is quite high toned and perfumed. White flowers and orange notes mingle with chunky Bourbon oak. The oak is very ‘in yer face’ sweet and creamy but gritty tannins and mentholated herbs give it an edge. With time some lemon, dusty sweet spice and cardamom notes emerge.

The palate opens with a light toffee drizzled lemon cake character. Big, effusive, Bourbon notes follow along with sweet vanilla an coffee’d tannins. Quite drying on the middle with the oak totally in control. Very spicy finish with the citrus attempting to come through, but the oak and alcohol make it quite a mouth-puckering finale. A little bitterness of the after-taste but the sweet vanilla counters.

I don’t normally ad water to 50% bottlings but I thought it might calm the oak down a little, and it does on the nose allowing the crisp citrus and barley to emerge along with a little saltiness. It’s possibly a little simpler now but more appealing. The palate is similar, simpler but less oak dominated. A touch of perfumed lychee and pear has emerged along with a little chocolate note on the finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 1997 (18 year old) 47.8%

Bourbon/ Wine Cask Finished

Code: OMC2541/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Quite an oaky nose. A lovely combination of almost French grainy oak and ‘Bourbony’ oak. Hints of dried grain-like dried fruit, baked apple and orange appear along with some barley and perfumed honey.

The palate is lightly oiled and full of delicious American oak. Hints of malt, baked fruit and a touch of smoke appear. Still fairly heavy on the oak with quite a bitter/ herbal rye-like finish. Now that’s different! It finishes like a high rye content Bourbon!


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenrothes 2004 (11 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: HEP0138/ Dist: May 2004 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

Aromas of slightly coffee’d. nutty sherry with hints of wood smoke, green nuts and grape.

The palate displays more treacly sherry with green nuts and dried fruit. Very woody and dry on the middle. Long, slightly earthy and dark chocolaty finish with lingering notes of green nuts.

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