Glenrothes 25 Years Old 1988
Speyside single malt scotch whisky
53% ABV, £63.99 from Whiskybase
What they say:
Distilled 06.06.1988 at Glenrothes distillery in Speyside and matured for a full 25 years in a Refill Sherry Hogshead cask No. 7318 before bottling on 06.11.2013 at 53% ABV for a 213 bottle outturn.
What I say:
Free sample received with purchase from Whiskybase shop
Pale rosy amber gold (6/10), with medium, slow tears and fine trails
Gentle and creamy, a hint of sweetness and fruit, red berries and vanilla cream, some cereal barley flour, grassy dried hay and a little light heather blossom honey
Tangy and zingy, initially rough-cut orange marmalade with some pickled ginger, more fruits, nectarine, green apples, peach a little underipe, becomes more creamy, vanilla and egg custard, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice, caramel and butterscotch fudge, lemon and grapefruit zest
Medium, warming, gentle, sweet caramelised sugar and mild orchard fruits with a whiff of menthol spearmint and eucalyptus
Pleasant and creamy dram, lots of good points, nicely balanced and complimentary flavours. Suffers a little from tired cask which shows as a touch of menthol, thin and vaporous just creeps in towards the finish. Greta nose and palate but let down a little in the finish belying its age. Zingy and refreshing at the end, great aperitif dram.