Glenrothes 21 Years Old 1993 Kumquat Cluster

Glenrothes 21 Years Old 1993 Kumquat Cluster (46%, Wemyss Malts, Sherry Butt #3343, 730 Bottles, 2014)

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 21 Years Old
  • Bottling: Wemyss Malts
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Glenrothes distillery
  • Vintage: 1993


What they say

Sampled from The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar by Secret Spirits

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Tasting notes from Jonathan Bray:

  • Colour:     Very Light for 21 years old especially in a sherry butt which leads me to believe that it was second or third fill. Polished 18k gold.
  • Nose:     Wow certainly some big citrus hits there I can see why the Wemyss crew found consensus in this name. Tropical citrus i.e. Kumquat is very apt. Oak influence is soft on this whisky. Poached Kumquats in sweet Riesling and cream reduction.
  • Palate:     Oh so soft… tropical fruits continue with a faint touch of pink grapefruit, lady finger bananas and thinly sliced warmed kumquat rounds.
  • Finish:     Elegant would be a good word to describe this whisky. Must be easy for Wemyss to find flavour descriptors for whiskies when it is this prevalent. The finish is long and the little Asian citrus just rolls right along even intensifying a little as you sit and think about it.

What I say

*Spoiler Alert* This sample was from The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 5th Edition (2015).

Distilled at Glenrothes distillery in Speyside in 1993 and matured for 21 years in a sherry butt #3343 and bottled by Wemyss Malts named ” Kumquat Cluster”

This post was sponsored by Secret Spirits by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Mid-gold (7/20), quick, medium tears and long, fine legs.
  • Nose: Dusty and fruity, yellow plum, citrus, tropical, grapefruit, clementine, soft spices; nutmeg, cinnamon.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy fruit, passion fruit cheesecake, buttery biscuit base – digestives and Nice biscuit, mango sorbet, creamy with a touch of grapefruit peel.
  • Finish: Long, sweet fruity and zesty – more sorbet.


A superb tropical fruit and cream dessert of a whisky, reminding me of some fantastic home-made cheesecakes.

Score 91/100

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