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Cadenhead's Glenrothes Distillery Independent Bottlers Scotland Speyside Region

Cadenhead’s Glenrothes 1997 20yo Small Batch

Review by a 20-year-old Glenrothes bottled at Cadenhead's.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.2%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry Butt
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 114.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot
Vote: 87/100

The Small Batch series from independent bottler Cadenhead’s often offers gems, bottles produced in limited numbers, the product of non-trivial ageing, following the company’s tradition.

Here I find myself with a sample taken from a 1997 distillate aged until February 2018 in three Sherry butts, which produced 1,524 cask strength bottles.
Obviously natural colour and no chillfiltration – the premise is great!

Copper in the glass.
Warm and spicy nose of nutmeg, sandalwood, ripe figs, maple syrup, candied orange, roasted nuts, cocoa. Leather in the background. There is also a fresh note, a balsamic puff that caresses the aromas.
The alcohol content makes itself felt in a biting note of ginger on a full-bodied malt, with chilli chocolate just to reiterate the concept. Berries and ripe figs, crème brûlée, salt crystals, roasted peanuts, coffee powder. In the background, more leather roughness.
Long, spicy finish with sweet and salty notes along with roasted coffee and leather.

A silky, three-dimensional whisky with a well-integrated alcohol content and balanced sherried notes despite its age, with some mottling that makes it interesting and original.

Other bottlings on the blog:
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Moscatel Finish
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Spanish Red Wine Finish
Glenrothes 12yo
Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
Milano Whisky Company Glenrothes 11yo
Old Particular The Christmas Edition 2005

More from Cadenhead’s in the blog:
Cadenhead’s Arran 22yo
Cadenhead’s Balblair 8yo Small Batch
Cadenhead’s Ben Nevis 21yo
Cadenhead’s Bowmore 17yo
Cadenhead’s Bruichladdich 22yo
Cadenhead’s Clynelish 17yo
Cadenhead’s Dalmore 18yo
Cadenhead’s Glen Grant-Glenlivet 20yo
Cadenhead’s Glen Scotia 27yo
Cadenhead’s Ledaig 22yo
Cadenhead’s Rosebank 15yo

Other perspectives:
Words of Whisky

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