A Glenrothes 1989 from the latest batch of Single Malts of Scotland bottlings. You can save a few bucks if you’re quick.
Glenrothes 26 yo 1989 (52,5%, Single Malts of Scotland 2016, cask #18173, 255 btl.)
Nose: nice combination of aromatic, syrupy fruits (peaches, tinned pineapple) and greener, more grassy aromas. Green apple. Hints of Panettone. Fruit gums. Also a slightly fragrant hint of rosewater Lokhum. Beautiful.
Mouth: same mix of sweet, almost tropical fruits (melons, berries, pineapples) with other elements, this time bittersweet grapefruit, a green oaky note and some pepper. Apple skin.
Finish: medium long, with a wave of malty notes, a little toffee and a touch of grassy oak.
A really good Glenrothes, with some beautiful fruity notes (albeit slightly muted due to the distillery’s classic malty profile). Around € 140 but this month down to € 100 on the TWE website.