The complete tasting with photos and information: https://dramned.blog/2018/06/18/glenrothes-2004-cellar-collection-488/
Instead of the expected Glenrothes Toffee Bomb, which I have had in my nose too often lately, pure holiday feeling flows out of the glass - a sweet tropical fruit cocktail made from an overripe pineapple with mango puree, with grated coconut. But then comes immediately the unmistakable fat butter caramel with lots of vanilla and a pinch of salt, reminiscent of fresh shortbread. In addition, sweet orange peel and grapefruit.
The longer he stays in the glass, the stronger the earthier notes become. Something musty mossy soil after a rain and old wood. Beautiful spices such as cloves and cardamom give this whisky even more aromatic depth. The high alcohol content drives everything very intensively and vigorously out of the glass, without even appearing disturbing.
In the mouth, the fruity spectacle of the nose is repeated. Here, too, a strong sweetness with tons of fruit flavors. Dark butter caramel with juicy oranges Here are the flavors on the tongue around and you do not know who to favor. Everything benefits from the strong alcohol, which brings a nice ginger sharpness. The oak wood is prickly and intense than in the nose, underlays everything with a nice dry tart carpet. In addition, sweet tobacco notes and again beautiful dark spices. I also have the earthy and musty flavors here and they complement the fruity-sweet overall picture with beautiful "dirty-spicy" notes that meet the reputation as a "graveyard distillery".
The finish is long and is characterized by dark ripe fruit, aromatic coffee roasted aromas and dark caramel. Dry dry oak and fresh hay and a few cloves last the longest.