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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Glenrothes 11 yo (2001), SMWS 30.74, 60,3%

Review #740
This whisky is called “Sweet, fruity and rich” and comes from a refill Port pipe. Only 767 bottles were made. Heavy Port notes in the smell when it starts to open up. Smells like Tawny Port. Rich dried fruits – like figs and raisins - with fruit cake sweetness. Actually quite sweet in the end.

Quite strange, but the first I get in the taste, is a mix of Port, Brandy and Grappa? Dried fruits, oak and hints of old cigar. The finish gets more “back to normal”, and the dried fruits (and especially the sweetness from these) comes forward.

The taste took my by quite a surprise, but after a dram or two, I’m getting more familiar with it. Anyways, it gets better in the finish, where the fruits takes over. Normally I am quite keen to Port matured whiskies, and the same goes for SMWS bottlings, but this had me a bit disappointed. Overall, still enjoyed it though! I will give this 85/100 (22/20/22/21).

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed this dram very much. Found light sweet floral nail polish and cooked apples on the nose. Soft chili toast with plum jam and alpine meadow cardamom on the palate. Floral marshmallow root finish. Score 87.