The second expression we’ll try from the new Soleo Collection from Glenrothes. After the 18 Year Old we’re looking at the Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut. It stands out because of its first-fill sherry maturation and the fact that it is bottled at a higher strength. The age of the whisky will vary with different batches, the first release is said to be around 16 years of age.
By the way Glenrothes has also announced a new Aqua Collection (apparently only sold online) and a new travel retail expression will follow in September.
The Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut (49,8%, OB 2018)
Nose: good, fairly aromatic in the modern style of sherry seasoned casks. Red berries, baked banana, hints of sawdust and vanilla. Some candied orange peel and raisins. Light leathery notes as well.
Mouth: similar, with a good dose of sherry. Raisins and oranges. Plenty of toasted wood spices too: pepper, ginger, nutmeg, slightly overpowering perhaps including a slightly bitter edge. Roasted nuts and hints of gingerbread. Lacks a bit of fruit here.
Finish: medium, warming spices but also cocoa and more fruity notes now.
Honest, modern whisky. Nicer on the nose than on the palate. Good to have this slightly higher ABV as well. Master of Malt has the best price I could find.