My sample comes from a bottle that has been open for a long time and the description of taste as well as the rating refer to a sample that has been reduced to 45% and 50% by volume. The high alcohol content invites you to experiment and, depending on the concentration, different facets can be discovered in the whisky. A very exciting bottling for me.
When you first smell in (undiluted) a very pleasant fruity note; ripe plums, dark cherries, red currants, dried apricots. This is followed by a clear note of sherry, marzipan, milk chocolate, Nutella, liquorice. Somewhat damp apple tobacco is present as well as a gentle scent of young leather and weak herbs. The alcohol seems to be astonishingly well integrated and overall the drum looks much older and more mature.
On the palate, when diluted to 45% vol., Its youth is evident. Chocolate, dark fruits, sherry, coffee and a distinct herbal note, especially mint; some oak spice and a light dark chocolate. If you leave the concentration at 50% vol., The dram appears richer and more mature. The chocolate is stronger, there are nice nut aromas, the mint is pronounced. A slight oiliness can be felt and with the higher alcohol I like the dram better.
The finish of the Glenrothes is more of a medium length. The invigorating mint is first in the foreground, then soft fruit aromas set in and lead to a gentle spicy note. A slightly higher concentration results in a more complex mouthfeel. The focus here is on chocolate.