Review: Glenrothes Vintage Reserve 1995 Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

19 Years (?)
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenrothes (Rothes, Scotland)

Edrington group (who also own Highland Park and The Macallan) owns Glenrothes - another distillery largely producing for blends like Cutty Sark. They release a few single malts, and more in recent years. They have a large line of vintage releases – this lets them move away from 10 year old, 12 year old, etc., and do very batch-oriented releases.

I put a question mark beside the age because they released a version of this in 2010 as well as 2014 with exactly the same tasting notes, both of which were approved in 2010. Did they hold on to the bottles for 4 years, without aging them, before releasing them? It seems a bit odd.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: Checked 26/10/95; Approved 6/9/10; Bottled 2014

  • Bottling Code: L10 07 :05 16:08

  • Bottling Date: 2014 (or 2010?)

Sharp sherry, pepper, caramel truffles, milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, dried apricots, very light sulphur. Lots of fruitcake, dates, toffee (sticky toffee pudding), spice cake, cinnamon, golden delicious apples, with some vegetal notes and caramel still coming up to the front. Intriguing, but a bit too sweet for me. The tannins work well though.

It seemed to improve in the bottle as it aired.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $96. Certainly good value for an old Scotch!