Glenrothes 1998 Vintage (Official Bottling)

43% ABV, £49.95 for 70cl

Score: 84/100

What they say:

The Vintage 1998 is the next Core Vintage to follow the Vintage 1991 and 1994. It is the first of the vintages that we have bottled that was expressly laid down at origin to be bottled as Glenrothes on maturity and as such has a greater availability of stock than any of the previous bottlings.

This is also Gordon Motion’s first bottling as Malt Master and he describes it as: “It’s said that pictures speak a thousand words and this is like Carmen Miranda’s hat in a bottle. Tropical fruits lead with pineapple and mango developing into sweet bananas, coconut and classic Glenrothes vanilla pods.”

Appearance: Medium golden, clear and bright

Bouquet: Rich, spicy vanilla, golden syrup and lemongrass

Palate: Soft, mature, sweet vanilla with a hint of cinnamon

Finish: Smooth, long, rich vanilla

Glenrothes SR & 1998 Vintage

What I say:

Glenrothes for me is like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along at once! We picked up both these 10cl hand-grenade miniatures during a recent visit to Glenturret distillery. Glenturret and Glenrothes are both owned by the Edrington Group (along with Highland Park and Macallan, though not Tamdhu any more since it was sold to Ian Mcleod Distillers Limited) and so there is a good chance that some Glenrothes ends up in Famous Grouse blends also.

This 1998 vintage was distilled 17/12/1998 and bottled 11/02/2009

Colour:

Gold

Nose:

Sweet lemon citrus, barley malt, estery banana and green apples

Taste:

Malted barley, vanilla, cinnamon, barley sugar sweets, apple crumble and creamy vanilla custard, sweet lemon, like limoncello liqueur

Finish:

Short, lemon barley sugar and sweet

Would I buy it again:

Pleasant dram, smooth and sweet and a little lemony, but for me not as much bang per buck as the Glenrothes Select Reserve on which I would rather spend my money.