An easy-to-sip and unspectacular Glenrothes without major flaws (e.g., no sulphur in there!) that owns a simple but delicate modern profile. Okay to buy and drink for around 80 to 90 Eurobucks...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows many small tears that consolidate and build rather fast legs. The nose is a little punchy (53,8% abv) and offers a clean herbal-driven modern sherry profile with citric and dried fruits and spicy aromas (ginger). Not too bad...
The taste is sherry winey sweet with ripe fruits (oranges, plums) and lots of barley sugars within an appropriate wooden structure. No, there is not too much wood in here and I think it is bottled at the right time. It is not overly complex but enjoyable, for sure. Some water opens up the dram further (both nose and taste) and I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv. But be careful as more water will release some sour notes (that are unpleasant to my taste buds).
The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with no distracting moments (like bitterness or astringent feelings). Not too bad either... The finish is rather short on the same impressions as is the taste with a minor papery note at the very end (that is not annoying).