Glenrothes Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

The Glenrothes 2004

Review of a 12yo whisky aged in Sherry seasoned American oak casks.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: The Edrington Group
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: www.theglenrothes.com
Vote: 81/100

It’s 2017 when Glenrothes launches this vintage (whisky whose year of distillation is declared), three years after the previous one (vintage 2001), which contains a distillate from 22 March 2004 ,bottled on 20 January 2017.
Twelve years of ageing, the same as the basic bottling then as now, spent in American oak casks “seasoned” in Sherry, i.e. filled for a relatively short time with Sherry for the sole purpose of allowing the scents of the fortified wine to be absorbed before pouring in the new make.
In launching this bottle, the distillery was keen to point out that “during the same year Facebook launched, the long-running sitcom Friends came to a close and Martha Stewart turned in her apron for an orange jumpsuit,”

Tasting notes

Vinous and spicy entrance (nutmeg, cinnamon) on the nose, of gooseberries, wild strawberries, cherries, baked apple, orange juice, honey, lemon drop. In the background, vanilla and leather with a hint of toasted wood. Rather classic and harmless.
In the mouth it’s light-bodied with a slightly more pronounced spiciness (hint of pepper), reintroducing the sherried red fruit tones accompanied by liquorice, citrus, vanilla and leather. A herbaceous vein punctuates the dram, at times balsamic, with an impression of coffee and chocolate emerging along the length.
The finish is moderately long and tannic, with spicy touches of red fruits, liquorice, baked apple and herbaceous afflatus.

A whisky that starts off rather banal and predictable but redeems itself in length, requiring time to bring out a touch of personality and breadth of flavours while remaining summarily simple and straightforward. Perhaps a few more degrees would have given it more depth, but instead it gives the impression of being able to aim high but choosing to fly in mid-air.

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