Archive for the ‘Glenrothes’ Category

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glenrothes 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: 2007 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Light with very subtle sherry notes. Hints of spice, Turkish delight and barley. There’s a slight dirtiness in the background which could come from the cask or the spirit!

The palate is earthy but soft with lightly toffee’d wood notes and sharp green fruit. Hints of honey and dried sherried fruit. A little rough at the edges and the finish is short and tart, but lively I guess.


Edition Spirits Glenrothes 1996 (20 year old) 53.5%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0204/ Dist: Jul 1996 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Intense, straw-like aromas with hints of barley, coffee bean, herbs, balsamic chocolate and malt.

The palate is quite chocolaty and malty with straw, barley, honey, toffee and citrus notes. Lovely, buttery oak finish, but the alcohol keeps it in check. The chocolate and coffee notes return on the finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2613/ Dist: Jul 1996 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Quite dusty aromas of chunky Bourbon oak and rye-like herbs. Slightly balsamic and malty with hints of fragrant apricot and honey. A faint cardboardy note develops and some edgy greengage and lime emerges.

Soft and oak centric palate with a touch of malt, dusty spice, apricot and straw. Slightly balsamic on the middle with an intense, if slightly aggressive, spicy, herbal rye-like finish. The after-taste is quite tart too.

North Star Spirits Glenrothes 1996 (20 year old) 54.6%

Refill Sherry Hogshead/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Nov 2016

Chunky, coffee’d and chocolaty with herbal Oloroso, wood smoke, vanilla, raisin and sweet heather. Entertaining and very cask orientated but the vanilla and toffee somehow powers through the intense herbaceous character. Late hints of burnt toast.

The palate opens with subtle milk chocolate, followed by toffee, coffee, raisin, sultana, dried apricot, subtle herbal, sweet heather notes and wood smoke. Intense, mouth-watering dried orange and Satsuma finish with grippy, coffee’d tannins.

Claxton’s The Single Cask Glenrothes 1997 (19 year old) 54%

Sherry Butt 1610-7154/ Dist: Apr 1997 Btl: Oct 2016?/ Tasted: Nov 2016

A full on, burnt treacle sherry monster. Silky-smooth, clean, classy, pure Oloroso. Pleasantly fresh with dried plumy fruit, walnut, wood smoke and a touch of macerated orange.

The palate is silky and sweet with an almost Pedro Ximinez grapiness. Full of dried fruit, walnut, treacle, herbs and wood smoke. An uncompromising but spotlessly clean sherry monster with a subtle spiciness and a touch of alcohol emphasises citrus and minerals. The finish is bone dry and a little austere but the treacle underpins.


Single Malts of Scotland Glenrothes 1990 (23 year old) 49.4%

Bourbon Cask 35484/ Dist: 1990 Btl: March 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

Nose: Fresh, citric (lemon) and gristy with hints of baked fruit and spice. Quite grassy with a lovely, sweet barley note and some light oak.  

Palate: Showing a little more oak than the nose, but it’s still quite fresh with some sweet-ish barley, honey and citrus. Good depth and intensity.  

Finish: Long and crisp with white fruit and lingering citrus joined by some sweet spices. Very pleasant.  

Conclusion: A pleasant, summery, aperitif dram.

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.

Hart Brothers Glenrothes 1969 (33 year old) 46.8%

Sherry/ Dist: Oct 1969 Btl: Jan 2003/ Tasted: July 2012

Aromas of edgy, honeyed barley mingle with soft vanillins. Slightly grassy and very fragrant with a distinct oxidised dried fruit and sherry wood rancio. The sherry notes though are quite relaxed and reserved allowing a late white flower and violet note to appear, finally some lovely, granity honey notes come through. An exceptional nose! 

The palate is quite oily, opening with marzipan and more American oak like in character with gentle tannins and spice. The wood does grip slightly on the middle but some dense, mature, slightly tropical apricot counters. The dried, sherry rancio does come through towards the end brining with it some delightfully nutty vanillins. Lovely complexity and a very long finish displaying cinnamon coated apple notes. An amazing dram which has aged really well and even more amazing that it has lasted the ravages of time, seeing as it was a 5cl miniature!

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2004 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0946/ Dist: May 2004 Btl:Dec 2012/ Tasted: Dec 2012

A dark nose of burnt treacle, leather, old wood, dried fruit and liquorice. Slightly high toned  spirit coming through.

The palate is chocolaty with burnt treacle and dried fruit. Heavy on the wood spices and tannins with just a very light sulphur blemish. Those tannins dry the finish but some Amontillado-esque sweetness pops up to off-set the bitterness. Lovely aftertaste of pure Bourneville cocoa powder.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2004 (9 year old) 61.2%

Sherry/ Code: PRV1077/ Dist: May 2004 Btl: Jan 14/ Tasted: Feb 14

A dense nose of treacle toffee Oloroso sherry with hints of burnt sugar and sweet vanillins. Extremely treacly now with hints of dried tropical fruit and nut mix. With time some sour citrus, light balasamic and fern/ bracken notes appear.

The palate is soft and juicy, opening with the dried fruit and treacle. Quite woody and dusty with a soft rawness to the Oloroso character. Becoming a little rum-like on the middle with a rich fruitcake demeanour. Very treacly finish with hints of burnt sugar and a touch of herbal, marc-like, botanical spirit on the finish.

A drop of water sweetens the sherry aromas and flavours, giving it more of a Pedro Ximinez feel. Monstrously big with buckets of burnt wood spices now showing on the palate.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2001 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0758/ Dist Aug 2001 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

A fresh and grassy nose with a lovely citrus twist. With time some pepper, earth and toffee aromas emerge.

The palate is fresh and fruity with apple and white fruit. The middle displays a good peppery intensity along with some toffee’d gristy barley. Pretty straightforward with a good and the pepper notes lingering.

Douglas McGibbon Provanance Glenrothes 2004(?) (10 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV1105/ Dist: 2004(?) Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

A clean nose of dried fruit, coffee and sweet, malty treacle. Hints of plums, robust sherry spice and with time a slight herbal intimation. 

The palate is very coffee’d with treacle and sherried dried plum and raisin. In fact it is very raisinated on the middle. A little tart citrus comes through on the finish with a herbal note. Chewy, malty after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2004 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0332/ DL11170

Dist: May 2004 Btl: June 2016/ Tasted: Nov 2016

A leather and tobacco scented nose with prune, raisin, tea leaves and herbal, spicy sherrywood.

The palate mirrors the nose with plenty of rich sherried fruit, tobacco and leather. Lightly herbal and nutty middle. Medium length, subtly spiced finish with lingering tobacco and caramelised orange.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2005 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0453/ DL11601

Dist: Mar 2005 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

The nose is slightly vinegary/ ascetic with buttery oak and rye-like herbs. I’m guessing that this was a very well used cask.

The palate is softly honeyed with barley, spice and ginger. Again there isn’t much in the way of sherry character, but it is cleaner than the nose with a touch of coffee and rye-like herbs. Sharp, citric finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2005 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0416/ Dist: Feb 2005 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A very vegetal, sulphur tainted and hard nose with a touch of raisinated fruit, but the off notes are way too intrusive.

The palate is rough and dirty, quelle surprise! Vegetal sulphur and hints of malt and dried fruit. The finish is slightly sweeter but it’s not what you would call a pleasant experience!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 1997 (17 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0176/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Lovely aromas of fragrant barley and herbal notes, which shows a slight rye-like character. Hints of treacle toffee and warm vanilla follow. With time it becomes very bourbony and toasty as the oak asserts itself but a sliver of citrus adds freshness.

The palate is soft but pleasantly robust with a lightly gritty spiciness. Hints of ginger, cinnamon, citrus and gritty oak. That grittiness is balanced by a lovely dollop of milk chocolate on the middle. Good herbal finish with hints of camphor and lingering lightly toffee’d oak.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0202/ Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

The nose is a little musty with baked fruit, barley and a touch of vanilla.

The palate is soft and generously endowed with vanilla custard notes. Slightly granity and lightly honeyed with again a little earthy/ mustiness. Tart, citric finish with lingering vanilla.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 1990 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2091/ Dist: June 1990 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A big, leafy, herbal sherry nose with liquorice coated/ toffee’d orange fruit, sherry wood spices and the botanical spirit poking through. A bit of an uninspiring nose to be honest.

The palate, like the nose is all cask – coffee, toffee, tobacco, liquorice and molasses. Good length with a leathery, dusty, boiled sweet finish.


Douglas Laing Directors Cut Glenrothes 1987(?) (26 year old) 53.3%

Bourbon/ Code: DIR0068/ Dist: 1987(?) Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

Lovely mature, honeyed tropical fruit aromas of apricot, kiwi, green melon, lime jelly and sawdusty oak. An absolute classic old Spey nose. Light but elegant, deep and juicy, which becomes quite very perfumed with time. Gorgeous lime infused barley, coated with herbal honey shot through with plenty of luscious oak vanillins – heavenly!

The palate is soft, gentle and elegant opening with dense apricot and honeyed tropical fruit. Like the nose a sliver of lime runs through it. All the while the slightly toffee’d oak sits compliantly in the background. Very juicy on the middle with the fruit becoming slightly perfumed and granity. Also the spices emerge, and wow, those spices are livening up the finish a treat!