Single malt whisky - tasting notes

14 Sep 2009

Glenrothes 1970 (DT for The Nectar)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenrothes

Duncan Taylor seems to have a special nose for Glenrothes from the 1968-1970 period. The company released a whole series of such casks and most were really good, like the Glenrothes 1968/2006 I reviewed before.

This 1970 cask was selected by our Belgian bottler The Nectar.


Glenrothes 1970 The Nectar Glenrothes 39 yo 1970 
(47,9%, Duncan Taylor for The Nectar 2009, cask #10567, 127 btl.)

Nose: superb Speyside associations: candied apple, very ripe bananas, passion fruit, pineapple. Some spices. Lovely hints of furniture polish and beeswax. Hints of cherries as well, which is less common. Citrus. Honey. Very attractive overall. Mouth: oaky but not at all drying. Hints of coconut which are quite spectacular (Malibu!). Bananas again, with vanilla. Hints of bubblegum and cream. Almonds. Spicy gingerbread. Very balanced and perfect strength for this kind of profile. Finish: long, on fruit jams with just enough wood influence (ginger and cinnamon). A touch of butter.

Another great Glenrothes from Duncan Taylor.
I hope they keep these casks coming! Around
€ 170, which is quite pricey (previous Glenrothes by Duncan Taylor were around € 120-150).

Score: 91/100

Glenrothes 1970 (DT for The Nectar) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-09-14



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