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12 Oct 2009

Glenrothes 1969 (DT Lonach)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenrothes

I plea guilty. Although I try to avoid blind purchases at all times, sometimes I am tempted and I buy a bottle without tasting it beforehand. I decided to buy this 39 year-old Glenrothes 1969 by Duncan Taylor after reading Bert Bruyneel’s whisky diary. He’s also the one who gave me a dram yesterday – my own bottle is still closed.

Lonach is a series of bottlings by Duncan Taylor meant for “under proof casks” i.e. casks of which the alcohol volume dropped below (or just above) the limit of 40%. The usual remedy is to mix two casks in order to obtain a final volume of more than 40%.


Glenrothes 1969 39 yo (Lonach) Glenrothes 39yo 1969 
(42,7%, Duncan Taylor Lonach 2008)

Nose: very fruity, tropical even. Ripe apricots, tangerines, oranges. A fruit basket in a great mix with creamy vanilla. Not weak at all. Subtle hints of wax, almonds and white pepper. Wonderful notes of guimauves (marshmallow candy). Mouth: this is where you notice the lower alcohol volume. A subdued start, although it picks up very well. Again very fruity (orange marmalade). Honey. Vanilla. Perfect oak influence now, with spices (nutmeg, pepper) and a bit of tannins. Finish: not too long, but fruity and spicy in a near-perfect balance.

As Bert told me the other day, there’s a huge difference between a cask strength whisky of 43% and a higher strength whisky that has been diluted to 43%. He’s absolutely right. This is wonderful old whisky, aromatic, complex and perfectly gentle. One of my best Glenrothes ever. Still to be found in some places. Around € 140. Thanks Bert!

Score: 92/100

Glenrothes 1969 (DT Lonach) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-10-12
  • gal

    a bit steep at 140EUR but it’s an old cask…
    how many bottles of whisly have u got in your collection?

  • bpoujol

    This other is very great :
    Glenrothes – 1970/2005 – 35y – Duncan Taylor – Lonach – 40.3%

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  • Hakan

    How can I find one? Is it still possible to find this gem?

  • WhiskyNotes

    I’m afraid you’re too late. Around six to seven years late.

  • Hakan

    I am a latecomer to good whiskey. Just discovered your web site. It is an excellent effort btw, well done. No regrets, there are many excellent whiskeys around, I will check some others which are still (hopefully) available. Thx.



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