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15 Nov 2013

Glenrothes 1988 (Nectar of the Daily Drams)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenrothes

At each Spirits in the Sky festival there is always a new selection of The Nectar of the Daily Drams releases.

Among others: Auchroisk 1990, Glen Keith 1992, Glenturret 1977 and this 25 year-old Glenrothes 1988. There were also three joint bottlings by The Whisky Agency & The Nectar, as well as a series of officials for The Nectar (Bowmore 2001 Blackadder, Arran 2001, Jura 1989 SV, Glenburgie 1983 SV, Kavalan sherry, Elijah Craig…).

 

Glenrothes 25yo 1988 - Nectar of the Daily DramsGlenrothes 25 yo 1988 (50,6%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2013, refill sherry)

Nose: quite full, with a spicy sherry character rather than a dried fruits profile. Candied ginger and pepper. Oranges (both juice and zest) and yellow plum compote. Caramelized pear. Lots of floral honey. Hints of almonds. Mouth: sweet and very citrusy. Grapefruits (pink and yellow ones), lemon marmalade and oranges. Again a honeyed pastry note with some vanilla custard. Some nutmeg and cinnamon towards the end. Finish: medium long, now strictly spicy (ginger, pepper, nutmeg) with oaky notes and sweet herbal tea, although there’s still a sweet echo in the back.

Good Glenrothes, with a focus on honey, citrus and spices. Around € 115-130. That’s 40% more than similar ones released last year.

Score: 86/100

Glenrothes 1988 (Nectar of the Daily Drams) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-11-15

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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!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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