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Glenrothes Distillery Scotland Speyside Region

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

Review of the first NAS produced by the Speyside distillery.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: The Edrington Group
Average price: € 41.00
Official website: www.theglenrothes.com
Vote: 75/100

An unaged whisky chosen by the Malt Master, John Ramsay, it was the first of its kind (i.e. with no indication of how long it had been aged) to be added to the Glenrothes core portfolio in 2010, replaced five years later by Vintage Reserve and then disappearing altogether.
The casks of origin are not stated, but you can assume they are those generally used by the distillery, especially considering that the intention was to create a bottling that embodied the basic profile of their whisky.
There is also a 40%ABV version.

Tasting notes

The Sherry flows powerfully through the aromas, with obvious vinous and acidic tones that initially tend to overpower the other elements in the bouquet, which over time manage to emerge with plum, sultana, wild strawberry, orange, vanilla, wet cereal, lemon. An overall sensation of grape must and vinegar lingers. Pungent.
Warm and lightly textured on the palate, it has a hint of spice (pepper, cinnamon) on a profile of red fruits, orange, vanilla, almonds, honey drop, lemon juice, liquorice root. Slight herbaceous hints. Rather dry and always with a whiff of acidity in the background.
Medium-long, dry finish of almonds, bitter orange marmalade, liquorice.

A not very well-balanced whisky which, in a fairly innocuous profile, nevertheless has some edges that don’t make it very suitable for a first approach, missing the mark as a representative of the distillery.

Reviews of Glenrothes whisky on the blog:
Cadenhead’s Glenrothes 1997 20yo Small Batch
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


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