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23 May 2009

Glenrothes Robur Reserve

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenrothes

The Glenrothes released a 25 year old and 30 year old whisky exclusively for travel retail in the past couple of years. Now, there is a new bottling for duty free shops, the Robur Reserve. It is the first expression in a new cardboard box and a stretched version of the distinctive bottle.


Glenrothes Robur ReserveThe name derives from Quercus Robur, the Latin name for European / Spanish oak. This Glenrothes was matured in first-fill ex-sherry casks. There’s no age statement.


Glenrothes Robur Reserve
(40%, OB 2008, 1 liter)

Nose: instant toffee. Some vanilla, dried fruits and oranges. Hints of leather. Some soft flowery notes as well. Mouth: very velvety and smooth. Malty and fruity flavours, vanilla again, rather sweet sherry. Fresh plums. Caramel. Hints of clove. Finish: medium long, starting rather sweet and developing on toffee and spices.

Not bad, although it won’t blow you away. Really mellow and easy-going, but less sherry than you would expect from first-fill casks. Around € 50 (1 liter). I like the Glenrothes Select Reserve better, and it’s about the same price.

Score: 79/100

Glenrothes Robur Reserve 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-05-23
  • john s.-a. white, v

    A wonderful scotch whiskey. Smooth, clean and straight forward like a VanWinkle bourbon.

  • antonio ros

    Hola,me han regalado una botella de robur reserve,y estoy saboreando su calidad.Me gustaria saber,traducido al castellano,algo más de los tratamientos y calidades de los wiskys elaborados por glenrodhe.gracias,un saludo desde barcelona,spain.tonivallvi

  • Ruben

    Hola Toni, Glenrothes tiene un sitio agradable y muy informativo: Hay una version en castellano con videos subtitulados. Aproveche de tu Robur Reserve, que ha sido maturado en barriles de roble español que previamente contuvieron vinos de Jerez.



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