Glenrothes 1966 (SV for Master of Malt)

I’m trying this Glenrothes 1966 from one of 500 miniature bottles that were filled for The Master of Malt in 1993. They also had 50 full-size bottles pictured below.

At the same time Signatory Vintage had another 580 bottles as part of its dumpy bottle range, so it’s clear they provided the cask.



Glenrothes 1966 - Signatory for Master of MaltGlenrothes 27 yo 1966 (51,3%, The Master of Malt 1993; sherry butt #13512, 580 + 50 btl. + 500 miniatures)

Nose: rich figs and dates, old rummy notes and raisins. Jammy fruits underneath, like raspberries and oranges. Plenty of polished oak. Just a hint of smoke and roast coffee beans. Sticky toffee pudding. Great old-style sherry.

Mouth: sort of ‘cooked down’ whisky with a big bitter side mixed with dark fruits. Charred wood. Heavily infused herbal tea and Fernet Branca. Blackcurrants, walnut liqueur, liquorice and espresso. Heavy oak and molasses. Loads of character, but a little heavyweight perhaps.

Finish: very long, with the dry sherry and herbal notes lasting long.

Very rich and deeply sherried Glenrothes in a full-bodied style. It has a good deal of wood influence though, including herbal and slightly bitter notes. Auction material.

Score: 91/100