- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- approved 06.09.2010
- Added on
- 17 Nov 2013 8:02 am
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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1995
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.21 points
- [October, 2014] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 48,50 Euro in September, 2014.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5. My notes state "nix dolles" (not remarkable).
- Typical biscuit dough vanille/fruity smell. Taste: more wood than the younger vintages (1998 and 2001). A dryer aftertaste. A little less sweet in the mouth. Some cardemom/cinnamon. Pretty much what you expect from an OB Glenrothes. I like it, although the 1998 might be a tad better.
- These notes originated from a direct comparative tasting of three different bottling grades of the 1995 Glenrothes, in order to identify any differences despite the "inactive barrels" allegedly used here.
For comparison, three Glenrothes, each distilled on 26.10.1995 and approved on 06.09.2010, 43%.
Bottled in the following years:
2012, Whiskybase ID 39054 (represented by the 10 cl Mini, ID 70075)
2013, ID 46343 (represented by the 10 cl Mini, ID 53336)
2015, ID 73572 (10 cl sample provided for this comparison)
Glencairn glasses were used, it was tasted in parallel, so that could always be compared directly, the tasting certainly took two hours.
All three bottlings actually tasted almost identical, so the actual tasting note is always the same and I'll go into a few differences here.
As a general rule, the older they are, the three are a little rounder and less thin; but this is really only in a direct comparison.
2012: Here we have a little coffee in the taste.
2013: Overall, he seems a bit milder. In the nose a little less of the lemon curd and a little more of the orange juice. The finish is a little shorter, a little reminiscent of cognac and the old apple has a yellow color.
2015: There is a little bit more sweetness and a bit more oak, the apple on the finish is clearer.
All in all, the three are so similar that you can hardly distinguish them except in direct comparison probably. In this respect, the quite different reviews in the whisky base are amazing:
Nearly 80 points for the 2012 filling, just over 84 for the 2013 and around 85 (also my rating for all three) for the 2015er.
Viney with a touch of touch, looks a bit thin (which I often feel in alcohol in whisky), slightly sour red fruits, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, citrus notes (rather towards lemon curd and thin orange juice), little spices (a hint Cinnamon), later some nuts come through, especially roasted ones
Here, the Glenrothes is slightly spicy, sugary sweetness, soft fruits, some citrus, vanilla notes, a feeling of hazelnut and a little hay, which is not yet completely dry
medium; gets drier and the spice weakens again, citrus, some chocolate and nut, has something of an old apple, plus a little cheap orange marmalade
- This is a really fine light scotch with caramel and light fruits with a long finish. I liked it so much I purchased two full cases (12 bottles) when I was able to get them for only $56cnd/bottle. Those were the days!
- I bought this whisky some time ago, the price was quite good. I do not refer to the actual price right now.
- A nice and uncomplicated speyside with focus on honey, nuts and bright fruits (peach especially, maybe distillery character?). Easy to drink, not a highlight.
Fresh, wild honey with a hint of almond. A lot of fruits (compote), sweet peach, young apple and young bulb. Not so much barrel aroma. Slightly lemon and maybe sorrel in the very background (freshness?).
Honey again, later spices/herbs and roasted nuts (walnut, hazelnut, almond) from wood. Just slightly bitter at the end. Overall a bit fruity, but not as much as the nose.
Peach, nuts and amaretto remain, but not very long. Still a bit sweet.
- A modern style Glenrothes - I prefer the old style Glenrothes
Butterscotch galore, vanilla, pears, cookies
Punchy, oily, creamy, butter again, vanilla
Medium long, peppery
- Smells pleasantly of red fruits and slightly sour, maybe also something of chocolate. Interesting! The taste of the whisky but then unfortunately something to follow. There are hardly any fruits to taste, just a lot of spice and a little bit of sweetness. The subsequent convincing but again with a voluminous woody note, which is only slightly bitter.