Glenrothes located in Speyside is a big distillery with capacity of 5.6 million liters of spirit per annum.
The vast majority of the output goes into blends, especially Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse, with only fraction being reserved for single malt releases. Here we have Glenrothes expression from Scott’s Selection, a reputable independent bottler owned by Speyside Distillery Company. The man in charge was Robert Scott, the company master distiller. Whiskies included in the range were bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration. Sadly, Scott’s Selection range was discontinued in 2014. Glenrothes 1973 Vintage was art of 1999 range.
Nose: fruity with spicy tang, lemon peel, apples, vanilla, marzipan, walnuts, white pepper, dash of coriander, wood putty and oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, apples, grapes, pears, lemon grass, pepper, dash of ginger, mixed nuts and some oakiness in the background.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, apples, pepper, hints of hay and oak.