There was a lot of discussion about this whisky on some platforms. It appears that this is the other half on tap that Signatory released half a year ago. I do not want to go into this topic at all, I was annoyed about the whole way of presenting the product and now I want to leave it behind and concentrate purely on what the whisky has to offer me.
I let the whisky breathe for 10 minutes and enjoy the beautiful color with which the Glenrothes lies in my glass. Like dark amber that has got a brown cast. But curiosity doesn't overwhelm me now!
The whisky is initially somewhat closed in the nose. The strong sherry aromas that remind of raisins, dates and plums do not jump into your nose. At the beginning I am rather irritated, the aroma is different than I am used to from most sherry cask whiskys. Dark, tart chocolate sprinkled with pepper dominates the play of flavors in the nose with a fruit filling that goes in the direction of cherry, date and raisin. The fruit filling is rather subtle compared to the strong chocolate note, which gives a strong feeling of dryness. The tannins on tap with lots of wood, leather, tobacco and forest floor are now being added to the chocolate. Every now and then the alcohol flashes through, but it is well integrated for 58.8% alcohol content. Somehow I can not quite agree with the praise of some reviewers. Too much wood, too much peppery, dark chocolate, too dry and too little fruit ... for me the balance between the fruitiness and the tart notes is wrong. And I hardly have a nice sweetness that combines with heavy fruit flavors. A subtle sweetness is noticeable, but for me it cannot prevail against the force of the tannins. In some places I make myself aware of a note of sulfur, after 2-3 sips there is a slight association of fermented apples. But both are so subtle that I cannot perceive these aromas all the time, but they are always present for a short time when smelling for a long time. Or maybe my head cinema is going crazy.
The Glenrothes is incredibly strong in the mouth, my dear man! Peppery it tickles the tongue and a sour note is present for a very short moment. Difficult to describe what that reminds me of. The dark chocolate now lines the mouth, mixed with boiled dark fruits with dates, raisins, a little plum jam and a lot of pepper on top. The chocolate gradually turns into coffee, the tannins have taken a fancy to set the tone and now show who the boss is in the mouth. Peppery, tart, almost becoming slightly bitter ... with tobacco and old leather. The first sip I had the impression of feeling sulfur notes, but after that it was no longer reproducible. Just like in the nose, I lack a balance of the individual notes.
The finish is medium to long. Pepper, wood, tobacco, leather, coffee ... it is bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a slight sweetness resonate all the time, but leave the stage to the spicy-tart notes. The mouth becomes dry, the tannins remain on the palate for a long time.
Well what can I say? Fortunately, whisky is always a matter of taste and this time I have to say that my taste was not quite met. Overall, the whisky is much too much on the dry, dry side. That would not be bad if the dark fruits and a heavy sweetness were strong enough to create a balance. But this was more like the boxing match Klitschko against Schulz ... the excessive imbalance is not mine. Still, I have to say that the whisky has its qualities! I have never had such a strong chocolate note. If you like spicy and dry sherry barrel whiskys, you can definitely enjoy it here.
I give it 87/100 points.