Name Glenrothes 1991, 9-7-91 to 5-24-05, 43% abv
Color Light amber
Nose Nutty, fruity, honey, sweet cream butter, light oakiness at the back, smoky hint
Palate Spicy bitterness at the front, then sweetens out
Body Firm, chalky
Finish Drying twinge of spice takes the lead, then grassy/bracken
Notes The fresh bottle is quite spirity, but I’m sure that will change in a week or two. Similarities to the ’92 and/or Select Reserve are there, but I believe there’s something extra. Not quite in the same league as a ’74, but not much else is. Worth the exploration for sure, I think, though I really need to find the ’84 or ’85 again. With a splash of water: the sweetness really moves to the foreground; taste is affected equally. Very nice transformation with the water added.
Quote Grunge era malt?
Better than the '92 especially with water added this malt shines.
ScotchPalate wrote:This one just popped up at the liquor store the other day. Anyone try this one? Notes? SP
I've acquired both the 1989 and the 1992 and prefer the '89. Haven't seen the 1991 to sample, wasn't aware that it had crossed the "pond".
If it compares favourably to the '89 I'd scoop it up.
Thank you very much for the review.
In your review you stated you "really need to find the '84 or '85 again." My local liquor store has a Glenrothes 1984 (1984/2004) for $116. In your opinion, is the 1984 worth this price? I've been thinking of buying it and it sounds like you might be able to provide some worthwhile input. Thanks!
The '92: May '92 to January '04 makes it a 11yo since it was bottled before May. The '91: September '91 to May '05 is a 13yo. There are lots more vintages and some distilled the same year but bottled later, so they are hard to keep up with, not to mention IB's. I will say a 1990-14yo Signatory I had was not good at all, but that may not be true of others in that run.
Thank you for your replies. I've read about the '74 and how good it is, but I have not been able to find one (and probably could not afford one if I did!). The Spec's Liquor Store here in Houston has several Glenrothes that are over 20 years. In addition to the '84 OB talked about above, the following four are available:
OB 1972 (1972/2004) $238
Gordon & MacPhail 30 year (sorry, no years provided) $170
Duncan Taylor 35 year (1968) Cask #13486 $218
Clan Lonach(?) 35 year (1970) $158
Any of these sound appealing? Seriously, I don't know that I could "pull the trigger" on any of these at the listed prices. I am going to give great consideration to the '84, though.
heatmiser wrote:I have tried the 1984, 1991 and Reserve. Very disappointed with the entire line. The only one I liked was the 1984 and at $100 US per bottle there and MANY MANY other choices that are MUCH MUCH better. My recommendations are to skip the line and try one of the many other Speysides (ie. Craggenmore, Glenfarclas, Glennfiddich, Longmorn, Aberlour, etc)...
I would agree that a younger Glenrothes would compare equally with a Cragganmore 12, Glenfiddich 15 & 18, a Longmorn 15, or Aberlour 10, 15, and that the Glenfarclas would surpass them all at 17, 21 and especially the 25 for the price range there is not much better out there. The '74 Glenrothes, Glenfarclas 25yo, and the older Balvenie's are all time favorites and take the Speyside style to a completely different level, IMHO.
For Tasting Notes about Glenrothes, you are welcome to visit my Webpage below. I am working on it, to translate everything in english this year, but the Original Tastingnotes from MJ, JM are in english.
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