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Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

Overall rating
81.15/100
votes
54
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
American Oak ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010493025591
Added on
10 May 2016 3:24 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 50.51

4 × in wishlist

54 × member ratings

115 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.15 points

  1. buffaloboy1988 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Delicious nose with many fruity notes such as orange, also a lot of vanilla, a hint of nutmeg and marzipan
    • Taste
      80 80
      Soft, creamy and again a lot of vanilla but nicely balanced.
      Due to the low alcohol percentage, it is not a "punch in the face" but remains a fun and accessible drinker
    • Finish
      78 78
      Rather short (logical given the alcohol percentage) The vanilla lingers a bit and it ends up quite sticky but not unpleasant. Later also some aftertaste of stewed apples.

  2. Mr. D. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. Kaleva scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Young and simple malt. The nose is pleasant and soft but the palate is very flat. The whisky itself feels quite watery thanks to 40% ABV. Overall good entry-level malt but don't expect from it to much.
    • Nose
      Soft, honey, noticeable fusel oils, butter, pear, cookies, orange zest, some chalky notes
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet, malty, butterscotch, dried pears, hazelnuts
    • Finish
      Short, weak, somewhat spicy and drying

  4. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    We are like the versions tested previously in the range of soft whiskys, fruity, easy to access. What could guide your choice to this one is the combination of fruity and vanilla offered by this type of ripening and the spicy bitter side of the finish. Let's remain objective, however, it is a whisky rather for an aperitif, or as at present with these high temperatures, a whisky to serve a little cool. Specialists may find it a bit lacking in power, or complexity, but that does not make it a bad whisky. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Delicate and discreet. A lemony character that shakes barley sugar. We swing between meringue, marshmallow, nougat. Artificial notes of apple, these are also a bit waxy. Trace of sweet caramel. An interesting combination of vanilla and ginger.
    • Taste
      Palate: Oily, very sweet. She will develop something special, between plants, citrus zests and small wooded appearances. Gradually and more and more, the mouth will anticipate the final and its bitterness. Apple, caramel.
    • Finish
      Final: It will bring drought, peppery spices. It will also be vegetal, with the sensation of chewing orange leaves. Coffee notes, mocha. Apple peelings, candy sugar and lemon kick.

  5. Bravo122 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2017
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. ffmdino scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Vanilla, pear, sweet, cereal
    • Taste
      silky on the palate, cereals, malt, earth, pear, tars, later caramel
    • Finish
      medium long, oak, caramel, bitter in the end

  8. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A good quality spirit, but it doesn't make the longest-lasting impression.
    • Nose
      Earthy homemade bread, green oak, and jasmine green tea. With 5 minutes, saline notes appear.
    • Taste
      Soft cereal, light honey, and watery toffee. 
    • Finish
      Coffee chocolate with whispers of vanilla.

  9. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Spicy & Dry

    Just like Balblair, Glenrothes switched to vintages instead of age statements (since 1994). They also have quite a few NAS-releases such as the Select Reserve, Elder's Reserve, Robur Reserve, Sherry Cask Reserve, Alba Reserve and this last one’s successor which we will try today: the Bourbon Cask Reserve. What is not bottled as single malt goes into the blends The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark, among others.

    Surprisingly sweet nose with a herbal side. Loads of vanilla, Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples, but also ferns and even nettles. Peach and coconut kick in firmly. Spices on duty are ginger and cinnamon. Typical nose for a mild summer dram.

    On the palate it is, to be honest, a lot less interesting. Very spicy, causing the fruit – that was already on the very soft side – to be completely pushed away. Think pepper, ginger, liquorice and something that reminds me of curry. I get some softening beeswax that keep the tannins under control.

    The finish is fairly short and spicy, but loses the typical sweetness I’ve come to expect from Glenrothes.

    Fine summer dram on the nose, but on the palate and in the short finish it is a bit too spicy and dry to be really great. Pity.

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