A really intriguing whisky from Glenrothes; this dram has been finished in casks that once held peated Scotch from Islay.
Glenrothes has been around since 1879 by James Stuart, who also owned The Macallan distillery.
The whisky went on to become very popular and was used in the Cutty Sark blend in the early 1900s. Today it is owned by The Edrington Group, who also own The Macallan, the Famous Grouse and Highland Park.
The Glenrothes brand recently had a revamp, bringing them a bit further into the modern century. They got rid of their vintages and replaced them with age statemented expressions.
Their new bottles are also quite interesting, with a squat shape, as opposed to the typical tall Whisky bottles you see.
This is a really rather brilliant malt from Glenrothes. It combines their signature Speyside flavour profile with a little hint of peat smoke from Islay.
The casks are ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, American oak that have been used to mature Islay malt.
The nose begins with cinder toffee and orchard fruits, it has a crisp sweetness and a hint of oak wood.
The peat comes through slowly, with a warming sensation and a lovely earthy quality.
The palate brings in more heat and sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon come through, with more earthiness.
It is refreshing and smooth. The oak wood becomes more like caramel and peanuts also appear. The flavours complement each other wonderfully.
The smoke is subtle but really exquisite. The richness of the peat bounces off the sweeter notes, making for a well-rounded dram.
The finish has more warmth and peat smoke, with delicate hints of toffee and oak wood.
This is a fantastic dram from Glenrothes. There is a lot to get into and it is great to delve into for those who want to up their Whisky appreciation.