Glenrothes 21 years (Sansibar)

Review 2017-017 «Specifics» Single malt • Vintage 1990 • Bottled in 2011 • 53.5% Alcohol • Matured for 21 years in a refill sherry cask • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from Glenrothes (Speyside, Scotland) • Bottled by Sansibar • Bad Nenndorf • Germany • Limited availability (114 bottles) • Still available in The Netherlands (price €120) • Whiskybase #38279

STORY. This single cask from Glenrothes is bottled by the nice German people of Sansibar after 21 years of maturation in a refill sherry cask, which complements the character of the distillery. This Only 114 bottles were bottled, so it is quite limited.

TASTING NOTES

     

APPEARANCE. Stylish and cool design, colour of the contents is light reddish brown and is sherry coloured.

NOSE. There is lots of sherry, but it remains rather mild. I also detect a hint of smoke, a bit of sulphur, along with a very salty core. There is soya sauce, Chinese food, and fishy things. Add to that sweet wood and sherry spices and some fruits. (water) I find old wood, old armagnac, bitter oranges and fresh coffee. Some glue, which can be quite typical for armagnac. It is slightly vegetal and floral. Do I get some water from a vase with flower (can that be good?). A bit chalky, lime stone. It even leans towards Clynelish. It is coastal with sea water, and then finally hints of dried fruits (plums) and sweet honey.

TASTE. Fruits and spices for starters. Then grapes, armagnac, and again the soya sauce-like notes and, there it is, umami. There is also some lime. (water) It gets sweeter, more on honey-side now. In addition, bitter oranges arise, and a few raisins, tobacco, scraped lemon skin,  lemon juice and more honey.

VERDICT. I was quite surprised by this one, as I think the sherry is nicely supporting the distillery’s spirit, bringing out a coastal side of Glenrothes. And well, hinting towards Clynelish can never be that bad…

Recommended for Clynelish cravers that want to try Glenrothes.

Thanks to Henry for the sample!

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MY SCORE
Nose
86 %
Taste
85 %
Balance
86.5 %
Depth
86.5 %
Price
82 %