The Glenrothes is one of those distilleries that you know what you are likely to get – strong sherry influence, robust and full.
It is what one of our samplers called a “Ronseal” after a well-known UK ad for varnish that came out over 21 years ago… The brand was known for its simple ad line “Does Exactly What it Says on the Tin” which soon became synonymous with anything that is what it says it is.
And what did we think?
The Glenrothes 21 year Minister’s Reserve 43%
- Nose – Spice, sherry, fruity, sweet cinnamon, cloves, chocolate, plus fruit cake and icing, old raisons, tinned fruit, nutty, some berries, more vanilla cake, dash of mocha chocolate
- Palate – Desert in a glass! Dangerously easy to drink, soft and smooth with some Christmas spice, a very classic sherry on all accounts, enjoyable and full
- Finish – Fab long finish with tobacco
Nice and classic, and so sweet it was almost like sipping rum. In short, it was exactly what you expect from a quality sherry matured whisky.
While I preferred the Highland Park solo without a cigar, The Glenrothes was a perfect cigar partner!
What do The Glenrothes folks have to say on the box?
Distillation is unusually slow and takes place in unusually tall stills which deliver a sweet, clear, fruity spirit. Maturation is in American oak and Spanish oak casks, a combination designed to deliver a perfect balance of flavours associated with our award-winning Speyside single malt; ripe fruits, juicy citrus, creamy vanilla and complex spices.
Would we agree? Yup!
And what would this set you back? These days, it would be about £155.46 online at Master of Malt. We opened our bottle in September 2018.
In our latest greatest adult evening, what all did we try?
- Aberfeldy 21 year 40%
- Highland Park 21 year (1991) 40%
- The Glenrothes 21 year Minister’s Reserve 43% – This post
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