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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1992 SMWS 30.92
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.15 points
- What started off as a fruity and perfumed nose, ended in a wood-matured dram. Certainly good whisky, but missing focus. Especcially the nose was a tad too perfumed for me.
Malty, fruity and somewhat perfumed also… Porridge, honey, rose water, icing sugar, tinned peach, tropical fruit mix and tons of vanilla and some coconut. The amount of vanilla is borderline.
Maltier and a tad heavier now, with good strings of barley, freshly baked bread, pepper, ginger and cinnamon from the tannic wood, and still a fruity side (although a bit less than on the nose). Later it gets a bit earthier, on horseradish.
Stays rather tannic, malty, with wood spices and the horseradish lingering. The fruit fades away slowly.
- Tasted during the SMWS tasting 29-04-2017 at WCY
- ’The curious case of Benjamin Button'
N: With many cask strength whiskies I find the actual oak rather blatant until water is added and they settle down, although the abv isn’t astonishingly high here for CS. Neat, and aside from the wood it’s the dried tropical fruits that leap out, particularly mango and papaya. On the spirit side there’s a clear putty-mash note, hinting at a bitter-sour that may well be revealed on the palate. Thirty minutes later and it’s another story. The wood has subsided and the fruits integrated and leaning more medicinally. Now we have a far more recognisable Speysider with soft sweet lemon barley spirit, long aged in a keen cask. A long while later there’s a Rosebank lightness as the distillate is promoted forward. Is this the incredible case of Benjamin Button?
T: Oh yes, it’s a bitter>sour one with the oak tannins in force. Those light tropical fruits turn to grapefruit and aniseed [with a little anise heat], but its the bitter-sour wood that dominates. After thirty mins and with water, everything is softened but neither the form nor direction have changed yet the oak and mash are more combined. Now two hours later and like on the nose, the distillate is back on the case. Theres a strange uniting of spirit & cask in that there’s a surprising calm now once the volatility has waned and the dram has diminished.
F: Stays on bitter tannins, wood-tea & [green] grape skin tannins and an overall fizziness [totally SMWS], with prickly soft heat to follow. Once that settles down there’s a smooth Caramac-peanut butter-vanilla, white chocolate & Hubba-Bubba finish that helps the palate lift away from any trouble. Also, there’s a hint of crab>mackerel pate! Two hours on and the fizz has diminished somewhat and there’s more emphasis on the soft heat moving to a soft-fresh warmth,… and we can disregard the crab. After all that action the bourbon cask is subdued and relaxed.
C: A tough one to start the day with. The action at the death is the top of this Rothes game but the spirit is somewhat lost to the cask at times. You know what they say about the old ones however - give them time. This one wrapped itself inside-out. Ends as a very whisky-ish whisky, but what a way to get there! Let’s stick with the Glens and the grand ole’ age WB.
Scores a B-
- SMWS tasting notes:The nose neat had all the goodness of a creamy, milky porridge with crunchy honey and cardamom toasted almonds, a hint of cinnamon and a sprinkle of sea salt and right at the end we added a ripe peach, peeled and cut into quarters. Very fruity on the palate like a well-aged Mirabelle plum brandy - slightly perfumed with a little spice of ginger, cloves and white pepper. A drop of water and fresh herbs appeared together with candied lime, orange peel and some crystallized ginger in a chocolate chip muffin and on the taste, pleasantly zesty like an almond-orange smoothie.
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