The Glenrothes 2004
The Glenrothes // Speyside, Scotland
Released in April 2018, this vintage-dated Speyside single malt was all distilled in 2004. It matured in sherry-seasoned American oak and was selected by malt master Gordon Motion. Bottled at 43% ABV, there are only 3150 for the US market.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-sherry American oak
"Baked apples and stewed fruits lead on the nose, with honeyed raisins, dried apricots, prunes, and crysthanamum bud. The palate is watery at the entry, offering sweet candied fruits, vanilla, and sherry with a range of its notes; walnuts, raisins, plums, dates. The finish is short, with astringent oak, sweet dried fruits, and a background note of spearmint. A tasty, fruit-forward dram, but one that would've been better at a higher strength."