Tag: Bottled 2013

Glenrothes-Glenlivet 24 Years Old 1989 Small Batch (56.9%, Cadenheads, Bourbon Barrels, 360 Bottles, 2013)

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Another Glenrothes that I really like, and again in the 18-25 age group. I feel some of the younger and official bottlings sadly didn’t really impress me enough to be memorable. This bourbon barrel vatting from Cadenhead’s however has a great depth of woody sugar but a really fresh fruit salad character with intensity and complexity within both those flavours. Good stuff! 89/100

Glenrothes 25 Years Old 1988 The Fishes of Samoa (53%, Archives, Refill Sherry HH #7318, 213 Bottles, 2013)

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. 85/100

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port wood edition (51.3%, OB, Friends Of Laphroaig, 2013)

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On the face of this one I would strongly recommend a port finish Laphroaig could easily make its way into their standard range even at a tamer non cask strength, however I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the shine of this bottle. This is my current go to bottle when I either want a kick in the tastebuds or have several hours to sit and mull purely over a single dram. 90/100