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Review: The Glenrothes 1995

The Glenrothes, established 1879 by a distiller James Stuart and a priest Reverend William Sharp. The Glenrothes 1995, bottled in 2011, was the first vintage produced with the intention of laying it down as strictly a single malt and not for blending.

From the Distiller: For over a century, The Glenrothes distillery has lived in harmony with its beautiful surroundings, calling on this landscape for its five sources of natural water, all of which are used in our whisky making. From the west, the soft water from Brauchhill and the Fairies Well merge with the waters of Ardcanny Springs, Burnside and Dounie Wells from the north, to run quietly through our production process. We also make use of The Rothes Burn, which runs through the distillery site, to enable the essential cooling process.

The Basics

  • ABV: 43%

  • Cask: 70% Refill and 30% Sherry (American Oak and Spanish Oak)

  • Nose: Apples and Toffee, light milk chocolate, cinnamon and all spice

  • Taste: Vanilla, maple syrup buttermilk pancakes, cinnamon

  • Finish: Short, quick burst of toasted almonds and trails off into a sweet syrup.


Chris' Opinion: This was a gift from a great friend a year ago. Easily one of my all time favorites ever tasted. I'd call this my version of a breakfast Scotch, its everything sweet, nice, and delicious. The nose initially is a big whiff of apple pie, but if you let it sit for a minute and go back to it, you'll start to pick up milk chocolate, all spice, and cinnamon. The taste is a big splash of vanilla and maple syrup pancakes like a midnight Denny's breakfast feast. As it carries away you are left with a sweet flavor tied with roasted almonds. It's everything good in life. By far my favorite beverage to share with whisky lovers who I know love whisky and can appreciate it.

Dan's Opinion: I have only had a dram or two of this never a bottle, as such my exposure to this is limited so I get almonds and vanilla on the wheel of taste, I find taste lingers giving a full mouth experience that changes from lips to tongue. I admit I would not mind adding this to my collection and becoming more "familiar".

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