The Glenrothes – 1998 / 2012 – Tasting Notes

This expression from the Glenrothes distillery is distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2012 at 43%.

Nose
Sweet, fresh, green apples, vanilla, raisin, spice, lemon grass, salty ham, some light leather note and milk chocolate. There are some different fruit notes underneath, makes me think of galia melon a bit and mango.

Palate
Red pepper, creamy, chocolate, lemon, sweet, fresh, green apple, vanilla, raisin, honey, cinnamon, ginger, bit dryness like coconut and nutmeg, malty, spices and the melon and mango from the nose linger in the creamy mouth feel mixed with the chocolate a bit.

Finish
Medium length and sweet finish with a creamy and leathery and bit espresso note coming through.

Score
I found it to be at first a bit too fresh and green, and how longer the whisky was out, it became sweeter and sweeter, more fruit notes developed and richer underlying notes. Still very fresh and citrus overlying feel, but lovely mixture with the heavier sweeter notes and spices. Scoring me a 7,5 out of 10. Even with the slightly bitter nutty / espresso note on the finish.

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