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Overall rating
87.64/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Alba Import (AI)
Bottling serie
for WMD-Epsilon
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
80
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
drHouse
Added on
19 Nov 2010 5:27 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 59.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1998 AI

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.64 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Whenever I drink a Glenrothes I remember my first trip to Scotland back in the nineties of the last century (when neither Internet nor mobile phones were available).  It was the first time that I realised these blackend surroundings of a distillery because of a nearby graveyard where all the tombstones were blackend as if a huge fire had emitted tons of soot.  This effect is caused by fungus cultures that live on the evaporated alcohol both from distillation and warehouses (I am tempted to say these are the excrements of the angels after they took their share).  During the old times tax officers looked out for these black fungal coating of trees to spot the places of illicit distilling and then lied in ambush to catch the moonlighters...

    This Glenrothes has an amber colour and a rather light texture with fast legs and small tears.  The nose offers a herbal and slightly cheesy profile that is not really to my liking (menthol, eucalyptus - it reminds me of cough medicine).  But it is quite bold so whoever loves such aromas will adore this dram.  The mouthfeel is warming but not coating at all (as the light texture indicated) with some slight dry moments (papers).  The taste is sweet with some fruits and just little herbal flavours, I like that better.  The finish is short and a little feinty again.  Water makes the dram more sweeter and balanced - I like it better this way.

    In a nutshell:  A bold nose and taste but unfortunately not my favourite style.  Too bad the texture (and hence mouthfeel and finish) is that light.  As I stated before, Glenrothes is capable of producing real great malts (bold drams) but unfortunately does this not very often...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose

      old/dusty
      red wood +/o, bread dough o, black leather & a bit of shoepolish
      o, brine o, menthol o/-, chocolate o/-, thyme o/-, (89)

      Later:
      much more vanilla, vanilla pudding even with a burnt corner (touch of
      smoke), most of the savoury notes from before are gone/overpowered
      now after only 15+ minutes... (89)
    • Taste

      sweet
      malt +, then a hit of lots of fruit esters at once, much sweeter
      suddenly & quite artificial, multi fruit drops (84)
    • Finish

      a
      slight tail of the fruit esters, then drifting into complex vanilla,
      white chocolate & wood . Afterwards some more fruits, quite faint underneath the vanilla & wood but
      more realistic than in the palate (pears, peaches & apples) (92)

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