Glenrothes 1997 (Wilson & Morgan)

Review 2017-019 «Specifics» Single malt • Vintage 1997 • Bottled in 2016 • 58.2% Alcohol • Matured for 16 years in two olorose sherry casks (#8727/18) and finished for 28 months in a second fill PX sherry barrel (#Z13/08117) • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from Glenrothes (Speyside, Scotland) • Bottled by Wilson & Morgan (WM) • Treviso • Italy • Limited availability (undisclosed number of bottles) • Still available (price €125) • Whiskybase #80047

STORY. A 19-year-old Glenrothes that was bottled by the refined Italians of Morgan & Wilson. They chose to transfer the spirit from casks that previously held Oloroso sherry to a second-fill Pedro Ximinez barrel. The idea was to accentuate a more juicy Oloroso, instead of a rather dry one that, according to them, often results from maturing Glenrothes in Oloroso casks. Wilson & Morgan is not a very Italian name, however, the company is owned by very Italian family, the Rossi family, which originates from Venetian merchants and is now located in Treviso. Originally a wine merchant, they added whisky, and since the 80s in particular single malt, to their range. The casks are personally selected by Fabio Rossi, the current chairman and founder.



APPEARANCE. Classy and stylish design, colour of the contents is brownish gold and like baked bread, and is lightly sherry coloured.

NOSE. Wake up it’s breakfast time! I am getting breakfast cereals, cappucino, chocolate croissants, cinnamon buns, and freshly pressed orange juice. The latter is perhaps with a drop of mango juice, and standing a bit further off (so you don’t spill it on your laptop). Then there are some cardemon, cherries and mint leaves. (water) I find rum cake, cinnamon, tiramisu (the real Italian), caramelised topping, brown sugar, and finally some dried fruits with figs and plums.

TASTE. There are coffee and chocolate, both with milk as in cappuccino and chocolate milk. This has spiced up compared to the nose with pepper and ginger. (water) I find more cappuccino and milk chocolate. It is nuttier, with brazil nuts, and sweetness of raisins and other dried fruits. Finishes with pepper, sherry and coffee beans.

VERDICT. A successful impression of an Italian breakfast, including cappuccino, sweet bread and orange juice (and since we are lucky, some tiramisu). All very bellissimo! Lovely with allure and class, an Italian take on a sherried Glenrothes.

Recommended for the ones we like to drink their whisky with style.

Thanks to Henri for this stylish sample!

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