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Before tasting this one, i said this phrase "i haven't had a bad Glenrothes to this date". Well... i jinxed it.
Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve is a expression from this very good distillery, which explores certain peatiness. I was really interested in this one, i kept it in my bar for a long time, and i have now tried it. Here are my thoughts about it:
Bottled at 40%abv, pale straw color.
On the nose, mostly tropical. As soon as you uncork it, you get this remedy note, white wine. Sawdust, old pears and pineapple. Hay. After a sip, it released pineapple from a pizza, the hated, burnt one. Green apples.
In the palate, it is way too watery. Sawdust water, a dim vanilla and slight pepper. Very thin and dim.
Aftertaste is the best part, but nowhere near of something memorable. A burnt log, pepper, slight sulphuric and salt. New wood, and a piece of grassy meat that has been barbecued.
Overall, this whisky is in debt. It destroyed the whole picture i had about this distillery; the palate is NOTHING. The nose is very forgettable. Aftertaste saves the day a little but it doesn't manage to get a good a score. 68 over 100. Move along.
Nose: A nice fruitiness and toffee come to mind as soon as you smell it. Some honey develops as you let it open more.
Palate: Sweet wood smoke is balanced by notes of gingerbread and Mexican dark chocolate.
Finish: a lot of toasted nuts and the bitterness of the dark chocolate combined with orange peel.