Glenrothes NAS 1988/2011 (43%, OB, 2011) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Glenrothes NAS 1988/2011 (43%, OB, 2011) 

On the nose there is some very light fruit (which grows with time in the glass), a good dollop of citrus, hints of leather and tobacco, a little lumber yard. When all are taken together it makes for a heady and pleasing combination. The taste leans towards the leather and tobacco followed by the fruit which is now in the form of stewed prunes and raspberries along with some of the citrus, orange zest? No matter it’s quite good and solid. The finish warming and a very good reflection of the nose and the taste and therefore quite well balanced. There’s a little more of the leather and tobacco with some spice in the finish which is a good addition to the mix. 

Well done Glenrothes! 


Score 85 points

Sample kindly provided by David King of Anchor Distilling, Whisky Intelligence recently had a chance to chat with David and covered the follwing topics;

David has been in the whisky industry since 1989 and his father was a customs officer in a scotch whisky distillery.  In ’95 he first came across The Glenrothes and in 1998 he started working full time with The Glenrothes. The distillery only uses 2% of liquid for bottling as The Glenrothes (the rest goes into other blended whisky). The 1988 Vintage, which is jsut now arrving in the USA, is different from the predecessor vintages. The spirits used for the Glenrothes single malt is determined by cask selection and not by an age statement hence the use of vintages.

The Glenrothes is now with Anchor Distilling (a boutique craft international group) and The Glenrothes is the biggest brand in the portfolio.  The Glenrothes works well for Anchor’s portfolio because of the evolving market place – consumers want education and smaller craft products – “maturity not age”  The Glenrothes motto really works well in this market place. David’s also said that they plan to have a significant commitment to focusing on events and festivals in order to talk directly to consumers. 

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