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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1989 CA
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 points
- I found this somewhat shy at first. Now that the bottle is halfway, I find it much more expressive. It gets better every time. Lovely, fruity, butterscotch whisky.
- Also, I suspect that the finish in the rum barrel was relatively long. The aromas of this maturation dominate the whisky totally. I've never had so much banana with a whisky. Slightly diluted, this is certainly the perfect beach whisky. Class.
The rum finish immediately stands out: banana, vanilla, pineapple. The whisky is wonderfully fruity and the 27 years you do not notice him and that is quite positively meant. After adding a little water the fruits change towards green apple.
Like the bite in a fruit basket: banana, peach, brown sugar and mango. Added to this is Werther's Real. With water, the vanilla comes through stronger.
The sweetness dominates the medium long to long finish with icing and some coconut. At the end, slightly bitter.
- Nose - Rich and ripe, quite the tropical wax bomb (as hoped) with pineapple, lime curd and meringue. Dusty and waxy, like a candle melting on a hot radiator.
Body - Thick buttercream icing and mango puree, extremely ripe, tropical, with lots of vanilla. Fruit toffee, a touch of red powder chilli on pineapple with black pepper. Quite outrageously rich with water, that tropical vanilla cream is intense and very delicious, and starting to approach bubble gum.
Finish - Long and very fruity, sliced banana behind grapefruit and finally sliced lemon. Quite bitter at the very end. With time and water that rum barrel really makes itself felt, not in the kind of minty way that it does with some whisky but with a really fruity funk that's very rummy.A fascinating and delicious whisky. How long was the second barrel in rum? I would assume it was a kind of long term secondary maturation rather than full term (so 6 or so years like they do with wine casks). It really works well. Highly recommended.
- Official notes:
Nose: sweet vanilla and honey. Bananas with agave syrup and then some grassy notes.
Palate: initially soft, butterscotch and praline with an oily texture giving way to soft spice.
Finish: long creamy finish with faint coconut milk, cloves, butter cream and honeycomb.