GlenRothes 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Vanilla and liqueur-soaked berries lead way into a mild and laid back start. There’s a layer of honey and a hint of dust sitting in top and a darker fruitiness lurks in the background with hints of raisins and ripe plums. A sweet liquorice note comes through somewhere in the middle. There’s also a floral element with a hint of violets. This is very mild and approachable.

Mouth: A very muted start soon moves over to a thick maltiness and a touch of chili fruits. Vanilla, honey and liquorice are in there together with milk chocolate. The fruitiness stays the same as on the nose with darker fruits and raisins. The floral element is completely gone. There is a brighter fruitiness, but it is buried behind the darker, sweeter notes. The oak comes through after a few seconds. It’s a fresh oakiness and it seems to brings some anise with it.

Finish: A bit uneventful at first and the chili spicyness is subsiding as the seconds goes by. A fudge note with vanilla and honey arrives first and then soon after the liqueur-soaked berries and raisins join in. It takes a while for the oakiness to appear and when it does, it’s a bit muted and slightly dry. There’s no astringency though, but there is a nutty side to it which lean towards hazelnuts. There is also an odd note of a newly sharpened pencil in the late finish. Overall it’s a good whisky, but it is a bit underwhelming.

Additional information
This expression is a part of ”The Soleo Collection”, which is the name for GlenRothes core range released in 2018. It’s aged solely in casks seasoned with sherry. It has natural colour.

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