Glenrothes Distillery, Rothes, Speyside, Scotland
Today we are looking at a Glenrothes, something that does not happen that often, plus we get a special edition Cask Strength from #8720 drum and bottled for Companions of the Quaich.
What? The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and appreciation of Single Malt Whiskey. It sounds funny to something good about us, no?
As the saying so well Cardinal Guillaume-Egon of Fürstenberg (1629-1704) said so well:
How can you have one pet as a companion and another for dinner?
Ripe fruit, grapes and sherry wood. Toffee and hazelnuts. The high alcohol level shows up a bit more than you would like here.
Beautiful texture, arrival in the mouth hot and spicy. Astringent wood, grapes, orange, caramel and brown sugar. Salted caramel and Fruit-O-long in power. Alcohol has quickly left the scene to beautiful flavors.
Wood and spices, like most good sherry casks, but here we keep the best of all the flavors experienced in the mouth, plus a knob of butter.
A beautiful cask strength that knows how to take advantage of all the good sides of this Glenrothes. Gordon & MacPhail were able to score this time. Still unfortunately an edition that will never resurface.
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★