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18 Apr 2012

Glenrothes 1970 (eSpirits & Acorn)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenrothes

This Glenrothes 1970 is a joint bottling by eSpirits in Germany and Acorn in Japan, in honour of the 150th Anniversary of the German – Japanese friendship.

In 1861, the King of Prussia and the Tycoon of Japan signed a treaty of peace and constant friendship and indeed in 2011 both countries still enjoy close and friendly relations.

 

Glenrothes 1970 eSpirits & AcornGlenrothes 41 yo 1970 (45,1%, eSpirits & Acorn 2011, bourbon hogshead, 113 btl.)

Nose: at first it suffers from an avalanche of polished oak, varnish and wood glue. After some time these notes start to give way to nice fruits underneath. Apricots, pineapple, guava, tangerine. A little mint and leather. Mouth: easy drinking strength, again a tropical fruitiness of pineapple / coconut, gooseberries and papaya. Again some oak in the background – better under control now, but showing some herbs and fruit tea as well as a slightly bitter edge. It remains pretty juicy though. Finish: medium long, on sweet oak and spices, mainly ginger.

This Glenrothes is a nice drinking whisky, but the recent expressions in the TWA Romantique series and Angel’s Choice series were more to my liking (less oaky) and a tad cheaper. Around € 250.

Score: 87/100

Glenrothes 1970 (eSpirits & Acorn) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-04-18

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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