GLENROTHES 13 YO 2005 Old Particular

Speyside Single Malt – 57.3%, 70cl
Single Cask #13413 – Sherry Butt
Limited Edition of 312 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

Released in an originally-shaped bottle that caused quite a stir upon its launch in 1995, it was an official 1979 bottling aged 15 years that enabled the Glenrothes single malt to step out of the shadows. Selected by La Maison du Whisky from the famous independent bottler Douglas Laing, this version wonderfully embodies the style of this Speyside malt known for its fruitiness and elegance. Whilst staying true to its roots, it has extracted the very essence of its sherry-cask ageing, which has allowed it to go far beyond all frontiers. This emancipation has created a particularly exuberant, shimmering and expressive palette of flavours and aromas.

Colour: orangey copper.

Description

rich, deep. Toffee, beeswax, candied orange, Russian leather, cocoa, toasted walnut and clove appear one after another with clarity and order. Allowed to breathe, oranges become blood oranges and the sherry rancio reveals black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry) and brandied cherry. Gradually it becomes medicinal (camphor) and spiritual (incense).

dynamic, resolute. The mineral (lava) attack begins exactly where the aromatic palette leaves off. Only the fruits have changed (apricot, peach). Next, acacia honey and chocolate gradually coat the taste buds. On the mid-palate, new spices join the fold (cardamom, cinnamon). The very expressive end of the palate returns to its first love, leading us to a field of orange trees. Oriental aromas (orange blossom, rose petal) float through the air.

long, creamy. The start of the finish allows the taster to choose between a hot chocolate or a cardamom tea. Nuts (walnut, almond, sweet chestnut) are delicately placed on deep green foliage to great effect. Next, grated ginger and gentian root bring lots of tone to the end of the palate. The retro-nasal olfaction is vegetal (tobacco), slightly mentholated and powdery (cocoa). The empty glass wavers between curry, date and exotic fruit (pineapple).

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