Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1997 – The Whisky Broker
My whisky consultant pointed me in the direction of The Whisky Broker… funnily enough they had some offers on, “buy a bag of Space Raiders and receive a bottle of the Galloway Series Glenrothes 21 year old for free!!”
So I did.
This isn’t the first independent bottling from the Glenrothes Distillery, there have been more, this one seems to have almost beceome a benchmark…rightly or wrongly (but hey, it’s about what I love that matters..): Claxton’s Glenrothes 1997 – 19 Year Old
CASK TYPE: Oloroso Sherry Butt till 27/09/2017 – then an Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
STRENGTH: 55.8% vol.
CASK NO: 15128
When I open new bottles (occasionally these days…) sometimes I am filled with excitement, and sometimes some apprehension too. I think of course this is because I have had other bottlings that were utterly and completely “right up my street!!”
The nose had hints of milk chocolate, and a little tobacco. A fleeting minty freshness.
It had hints of coffee, followed by dried fruits and a slight hint of orange. There was a little candle wax. There’s a little aroma from the pages of the old book that’s open next to me, you know? Plus a little soft brown sugar, and the teeniest pinch of nutmeg.
The palate delivers an oaky peppery warmth initially. The dried fruit is there, a little nuttiness in the background. There’s a hint of liquorice (think imps..) it’s got a hint of oak tannins too. But for me there was just something missing…
The finish is spicy with some fruits remaining.
It has actually been quite a while since I wrote these notes, so I feel another pour is on the cards.
We all know that whisky can be about the way we are feeling when we sit down with it. Were we in a happy place, and all felt/ feels good in the world? Was it the day you bumped your car, were you feeling low? Did you have the sniffles etc. etc?
Well just as I arrived back earlier, I poured myself another dram of this, just to see if anything has changed against my initial thoughts…