Select Reserve is a new unaged expression from Glenrothes, just a few pounds cheaper than their ordinary vintage (1992). It's a good whisky, full of fruits, vanilla and honey. There's also hints of lemons. A cheap option to their finer and more expressive vintages.
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It was released as a pilot program in 2 states in the U.S. and I eventually tried it as well as several other Glenrothes. Very good stuff "for the price". It won't replace a "74 or such, but it gives us something to have on hand to let the "74 stretch out a little longer.
Here's my notes:
Score Name Region
85 Glenrothes “Select Reserve” NAS 40% abv Speyside
Color: Dark yellow with green tinge
Nose: Ripe apples, fresh air, green leaves, maraschino cherries
Palate: Firm, nutty, tree bark, hint of smoke, caramel and raisins
Body: Oily, thinning out
Finish: Stony, bitter like almond skins
Quote: Caramel apple with nuts!
Notes This has a familiar recurring style I have recognized from others, but it was tasted after a C/S, so it seems a little weak. I’ll give it another try later. Revise: It has developed character and will go along way in convincing me to splurge on a Vintage.Revise2: Really opened up toward the end of the bottle with a rich caramel nose and pecan pie palate. Damned if it didn’t make it on my replace list Replace: YES
And replace I did. I'd like to say it may be on par with the 1992, but I've yet to tackle that one. Soon, though. The Select Reserve is well worth a try, IMHO.
This picture shows from where the flavours are come from.
The SR is not a replacement for any kind of Vintage. It is a unique product!
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