Today I will be reviewing an expression from Glenrothes Distillery bottled by the famous independent bottler ‘Cadenhead’s‘. Glenrothes 27-year-old was part of the Cadenheads January 2017 Small Batch Outturn which was released early this year.

This edition showcases a unique vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-rum casks. No additional information was made available on the casks used but from the looks of it, the rum used in seasoning the cask was white rum which tends to be less aggressive than its darker brother in aroma and flavor alternation.

The spirit was distilled in 1989 and the bottling was done in 2016 at 53.7% ABV yielding 264 bottles in total.

 

 

Glenrothes 27 Year Old

Cadenhead’s Glenrothes 27-Year-Old Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Tarnished Gold…

Nose: Very light start with sweet grainy notes… subtle… exotic fruits like pineapple and bananas along with good old apple drizzled with honey and some lemon juice… additional sweetness from vanilla comes out later…  candle like waxiness… Faint oak and fresh cut grass in the background…

Palate: The palate has more character compared to the nose… Freshly baked tropical fruit pie with banana, mango and coconut topped with sweet honey syrup… Lots of vanilla… Grapefruit and lime zest like bitterness adding another layer of flavor…. Well defined spiciness in the form of cinnamon and black pepper all the way…

Finish: Long and sweet finish with a little bit of soft spiciness…

I found my experience with Glenrothes 27 Year Old to be a bit underwhelming. Under normal circumstances I find Rum Cask matured/finished whiskies to be bolder in the nose and on the palate. On this case, the rum effect was very subtle almost non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, this expression is well balanced and has its own character but in my humble opinion, it lacked the punch.

Slainte Mhath…

Cadenhead's Glenrothes 27 Year Old Whisky Review
Overall Score84%
84%Overall Score

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