Time for another Glenrothes review, this time we have independent bottler Hunter Laing and one of their Old Malt Cask bottles.. Hunter laing Was originally founded back in 1949 when Stewart’s father Frederick started his Whisky blending business in Glasgow, with Stewart coming on board in 1964.. The Old Malt Cask brand was then introduced in 1998 and today is one of the most popular brands in the industry.. In 2013 Stewart Laing splits from brother Fred and the Hunter Laing brand is born, carrying on with the Old Malt Cask brand Stewart has seen the brand grow to what it is today..
So today I have a Glenrothes 12yo that was distilled back in March 2005 and bottled August 2017 from a single re fill sherry butt #14095, with an outturn of 492 bottles and natural colour, no chill filtration and has been bottled at the standard 50% abv ( for this range )
Nose.. Very fresh with ooodles of dried and fresh fruits, honey and chocolate.. A touch of vanilla, toffee and coffee grinds shine through while soft notes of cinnamon and ginger with the slightest hint of oak appears in the background.
Palate.. More spices on the palate than the nose suggested but it still carries those dried fruits, citrus peels, and chocolate notes through quite elegantly..
Finish.. Spicy and fruity..
Thoughts.. This is delicious.. The nose really draws you in with the freshness and soft spices and then the palate just ramps it up a little.. The dram itself feels very well balanced and has a little too f everything that you want.. Well worth a punt in my book ….