The Glenrothes – Select Reserve

About The Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Distillery

The Glenrothes distillery is found tucked away in the middle of the Speyside region at the foot of the Mannoch Hills. Nestled between the small town of Rothes and the Rothes Burn, and draws the water used in its single malts from the Ardcanny and Brauchhill springs. Interestingly, the Glenrothes single malts are not labelled by age statement but instead ‘reserve’ such as the Select, Vintage and Manse. 

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

Price: £36.46 (Master of Malt), £36.45 (The Whisky Exchange)

Considering the price, this well layered and pleasing whisky – a definite must have for frequent dram and a pleasant addition to your whisky collection. The Select Reserve has been awarded a well-deserved Gold and Silver in 2015 and 2014. This dram has an ABV of 43%. 

Appearance: A deep amber, reminiscent of honey. It is extremely sticky, with slow forming fat drops with a lot of thin legs.

Nose:  A delightful nose. The honey colour of the Select Reserve permeates into the nose as notes honey and brown sugar immediately greet you. This sugary, sweet nose is followed by fresh hints of green apples accompanied by walnuts and a range of cereals.

Madyson: 4/5 | Rami: 4/5

Palate: Immensely smooth and lighter than the nose. Honey is yet again present alongside cereals; it is however followed by the delightful flavour of stewed pears that have been gently spiced. Simple but sweet and refreshing.

Madyson: 4/5 | Rami: 4/5

Finish: Surprisingly, the finish breaks from the continuous theme of honey. Instead, enjoyably bitter notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans alongside the sweeter taste of simple sugar and more savoury tones of roasted oats and nuts.

Madyson: 5/5 | Rami: 5/5

Overall: The Select Reserve is a strong all-rounder. The easy going flavours of honey, cereals, sugars and fruit is well complimented by the bolder flavours of coffee beans and dark chocolate found in the finish. This may not be an extraordinary whisky, but it’s a damn fine one nonetheless. 

8.5 /10

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