The Single Cask Whisky Review #39: Glenrothes 2000 10 Years Old

October 30, 2016

The Single Cask Whisky Review #39: Glenrothes 2000 10 Years Old

This week's review takes us back to a distillery which we have previously visited and we return with a 10 Years Old expression from Cooper's Choice which is a rather interesting representation.

Glenrothes distillery is a rather well-known brand within the Edrington portfolio (alongside Macallan, Highland Park and Glenturret) and is known to be a big contributor to blends such as Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse.

As such, it is rather likely that this particular expression was sourced from blending stock due to its maturation in what is believed to be refill bourbon hogsheads. It was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2011 at a standard abv of 46% by Cooper's Choice for their range of independent bottlings.

As we have previous delved into the history of Glenrothes distillery, we will refrain from doing so once again in order to focus on this review. For those who are looking to find out more about the distillery, please refer to the following link: Glenrothes.

So, let's get to the review!

Glenrothes 2000 10 Years Old (Bottled by Cooper's Choice, 46% abv)

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: Initial entry is rather oaky, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon to the fore. With time, banana, hints of caramel and cracked black pepper emerge and intermingle with the initial elements. Slightly alcoholic and does take some time to open up.

Palate: Stays true to the nose with oak, vanilla and cinnamon on initial entry. The oak is rather pronounced and there is a certain sharpness to the palate. Banana, Werther's Original sweets, hints of black pepper and alcohol also make an appearance in the rather straightforward palate. There is a hint of leafy greens which take the form of mint in this case, but it is fleeting.

Finish: A rather short and swift finish, with the oak and cinnamon becoming more pronounced towards the end. The mouthfeel is drying and slightly acidic, but it works rather well in this case.

Balance: A fairly well-balanced and straightforward expression of Glenrothes which showcases the spirit's robust quality when matured in a cask other than ex-sherry. The oak in this refill hogshead-matured expression plays a big part in determining the character, but the spirit remains feisty and shows its youth in some aspects.

This expression of Glenrothes is available by the bottle or by the dram for in-bar consumption or by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly bar staff for more information and they will be more than happy to assist you.

Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask

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