Glen Rothes 1989 21 year old cask #24380 (Signatory)
Bottle: Standard Signatory cask strength collection bottling. The label is telling me this was matured in a recharred sherry butt.
Nose: Toffee, pear, bubblegum (the stick kind with sugar dust).
Body: Medium bodied and a little brackish.
Palate: Sherry and oak come through strongly. Gradually shifts to sour cherry and white pepper. Actually tastes quite young, I wouldn’t guess 21 years with a blindfold on, that’s for sure…
Finish: Decent length. Cherry cola, cayenne pepper fade into an almost G&T like lemon and tonic effect. It’s ok if a little discordant.
Neat/Ice/Water: It’s a little hot at 56.1%. This one I much prefer with a little ice. It’s quite an intense dram drunk neat and a little watering opens it up nicely with added sweetness as well as softening the brackish, bitter oak notes on the palate. It brings added balance to the finish as well. 10% better with ice for me.
Verdict: Quaffable. This one is ok. No real standout components here and the whole thing is decent enough once I ice it a little. I’ll get through it slowly but surely. It’s not going to vanish anytime soon! Was keen to try a single cask Glen Rothes as most of their product ends up in Famous Grousse. A little underwhelmed based on this one and what I paid for it at auction a few months ago. Someone wanted it because it took a few rounds of bidding to secure but this makes sense as 1980’s Glen Rothes is fairly tricky to locate. If you can find it expect to pay £100+ but personally I’d spend that kind of money on other drams.