It is a distillery that is respected throughout the industry and requires a bit of thought before it can be enjoyed - the thinking man’s malt if you like.
The Glenrothes Select Reserve is a step out of the norm for the Speyside distiller as its other expressions are bottled by vintage or the year in which they were produced.
The Reserve however was made by the vatting of casks from different years.
The Glenrothes mature their spirit in ex-Sherry casks and ex-Bourbon casks.
Nose: There is an strong rich and smooth caramel aroma infused with winy overtones. There are also sharp citrus aromas with strong peach notes coming to the fore.
Taste: A fiery and spicy spirit on the pallette, the 43% ABV clearly to evident. It is a whisky which takes a moment to settle before warm malty notes emerge alongside strands of tangerine.
Finish: Warming with reassuring malty and orange notes