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