Glenrothes Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

Review of the peated version of a classic speysider.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry refill, finishing in ex-Islay
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Edrington Group
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: www.theglenrothes.com
Vote: 80/100

After trying the twelve year old, we return to this distillery with a special bottling, made from whiskies distilled in 1992 which, after ageing in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, finished their maturation in casks which contained Islay whisky for an unspecified time.

The idea is to hark back to the time when Glenrothes actively collaborated with the distilleries on the ‘Peat Island’, thus trying to reproduce that somewhat démodé air with this edition launched in 2015.
In fact, this is therefore the first (modern) version of a peat-based spirit for the distillery, albeit already in intent without reaching the levels of its island colleagues.

Tasting notes

Straw yellow in the glass.
Mineral peat on the nose, rather ethereal and light on a profile that is herbaceous and soft with notes of cereals, peach, green apple, dried fruit, vanilla and honey. The peat remains to frame a classic and pleasant whole.
A hint of smoke appears on the palate, remaining on tones that are always very subdued and light, resting on toasted hazelnuts, yellow fruit, honey, all on a very subtle herbaceous bed. Caress of wood in the background.
Medium-long finish of hazelnuts, honey, wood and a dusting of ash.

A speysider that remains consistent with its title while embracing the influence of Islay, which turns out to be little more than a thin exterior make-up applied to a light and pleasant whisky that offers nothing more than a pleasant (and forgettable) dram.

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