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Drink Review: Glenrothes Select Reserve (43%)

The Glenrothes traditionally bottle single malts from specific vintages, so this no-age-statement example raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared. However, the only thing recent batches have raised is the bar – this is tremendous easy-drinking Speyside.

Glenrothes Select Reserve Review:

Well, after years in the making, it seems that the attention has now fallen on the brand. It used to be so easy to get hold of an example of the Glenrothes; now they are very difficult to find even from the best online merchant. To add to that, you now have to pay a premium for it. Well, after years in the making, it seems that the attention has now fallen on the brand. It used to be so easy to get hold of an example of the Glenrothes; now they are very difficult to find even from the best online merchant. To add to that, you now have to pay a premium for it. The bottle design is attractive, with a premium bottle (?) and box. The liquid is, as you might expect, beautiful. Colour: clear and golden amber.

Nose: Creamy, fruity, coastal and very pleasant indeed. Some nutty and sherry wood notes along with frankincense.

Taste: Smooth, easy-drinking and refreshing. The nutty sherry wood notes are pleasantly present. Some light raisin. Not too sweet.

Finish: Long. Sensory follows for honey, honeycomb and burnt caramel.

Value: There is only one way to really get this rough-stoved whisky. If you have the money, then do it! But, of course, if you like a cheaper Speyside such as Oban or Glenlivet, then none of the above is likely to be a problem.

Whatever your opinion on general level whisky, I’m sure you will agree with me on this one. Glenrothes Select Reserve is a beautiful whisky, with a gorgeous bouquet, taste, palate and finish. 

However, when it comes to the value, it does not get much cheaper than this. At £45 it is no more expensive than a standard Glenlivet, but is must-have whisky for anyone who appreciates expression and quality.

Glenrothes is constructed in a way that the taste and finish is always infused with the original character of the malt. This is why it has so much of a character on taste and palate.

The style, or the expression, of this whisky is pretty smooth and easy, but also very intriguing with a lot of influence from the brand. The smell is very fruity, with some nutty, sherry like aroma.

The taste is smooth and easy to drink, but also has influence from the Glenrothes brand. The taste is sweet and smooth on the palate, but also has sherry-like flavour influence from the malt.

The finish in almost like the finish of a sherry and I love the creamy burnt taste that comes at the end.

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Glenrothes Select Reserve Review 1:

This is a bold, confident and not afraid to show the whisky’s true character. It is a good whisky for most standards as it is a far better dram than the typical Speyside.

Glenrothes is a good whisky for most standards as the brand is a far better dram than the typical Speyside.

If you are a whisky purist or lager drinker then this Scotch will test your ability to appreciate fine whisky. If you like a sweeter whisky then I suggest choosing a Speyside. If you like an easier to drink whisky then the Glenmorangie 10 is a better choice. The Glenrothes is great whisky for an easy going dram because it is a smooth whisky, with more consideration for the spirit than the brand, making it the perfect choice for a tipple you’d put on your list of whisky holidays.

On the nose, Glenrothes is a fairly standard Speyside. The nutty sherry and fruit aromas are prominent with a slight note of vanilla. There a good bit of sweetness and there are a pleasant, honeyed, doughy notes under the more standard aromas. On the the palate, the big surprise it its finish. The finish is sweet and gentle, yet even-toned; that smooth, mellow sherry note is slipping into the background without fighting for front-runner status. It’s a spicy malt, that’s for sure but it’s subtle and comfortable. It’s also plenty silky and well-weighted. Last but not least, it’s well-balanced, easy-going and very enjoyable.

We’re huge fans of Glenrothes at our house. The sherry finish is nutty to the eye and faithfully characterizes the fire of the malt in the mouth. If you are interested in a good Speyside whisky, that is not a flat dull, it’s smooth, sherry and gentle and easy to drink then Glenrothes is your ticket. Complete with a nice, entertaining finish.

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Written by Mark Adams

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