Glenrothes 1985
Added on Saturday, Nov 15, 2008 at 08:52 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 19 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1985 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
Dist. 07/21/85 Bott. 05/31/05
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Big ripe fruit, a little figgy.
P: Oily, full, sweet, and enjoyable but somewhat one-dimensional.
F: Oaky and very sweet.
A good Glenrothes, not "over-ripe" as many of them are, but still a little too sweet for my taste. 

Retaste:  Got more of the over-ripe aspect on the second try, rated a C+.   Glenrothes is just not my thing. 
Nose has that thing going on that often turns me off to this distillery, a sort of sickly-sweet scent, with fart tinges. But the palate is tasty, a nice mix of spices and oranges, traces of clove and maybe cumin, quite sweet. Spice increases some in the finish. I like it. 
The typical signature citrus is there but this malt manages to be mellower of some of the harsher flavors I sometimes get from Glenrothes (no solvent).  Tad sweet.  This was #10 for the night so more details would be pointless.  I definitely was surpised I liked this though. 
N: Cumin, cinnamon, raisins; sweet, thick, dense and fruity. Orange zest and fruitcake; cranberry.

P: Medium bodied, creamy, vanilla, treacle, light spice, gentle heat, hint of toffee and gentle wood early on.

F: Smooth, creamy, vanilla and treacle again.
Hey, it only takes Glenrothes 20 years to get a passable whisky. 
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