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Drink Review: Glenrothes 1995 Bot.2014

Another entry in The Glenrothes’ excellent range of vintages, distilled in 1995 and bottled 19 years later in 2014.

Glenrothes 1995 Bot.2014 Review:

Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 The Glenrothes 1995 Bot.2014 is a blend of Bourbon and Sherry-aged whiskey. 94.4%A.B.V, were aged in 2 parts of bourbon casks and 1 part of Oloroso Oak casks. Aged 19 years before bottling.

NOSE: Initial notes of honeyed wood take a tumble into the crevices of delicate citrus, moss and crisp leaves. The aroma is heady but not overpowering and every nook of its spectrum is emblematic of the distillery whose name it bears.

PALATE: The palate is sort of like the intermission into the next act of the play, there is a distinct signature of the Glenrothes house style. It is kneaded together with oranges and honey, wooden malt and a soft, thin line of acrid smoke that crisps your tongue.

FINISH For a whisky 19 years of age and of this strength there is some substantial humdingers of depth to its descent. A variety of sweet fruits erupt and are reminiscent of the nose, together with a dry oakiness, acrid smoke and a dry malt, crispness that helps to balance the sweetness.

A pretty substantial dram that on occasions has a tendency to slightly overpower on your tongue. Nevertheless a potent whiskey with a small and effusive character of depth and longevity.

Glenrothes 1995 Review 1:

Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 201419 years later Glenrothes 1995 Bot.2014 still impresses with a lavish sensation of flavours as well as its enduring depth. For any lover of Glenrothes or maybe a newcomer still, but with a strong heart, the combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks used in the 1995 vintage produce a really promising and engaging whiskey. With a complexity which remains consistent throughout both your nose and palate.

This dram has a serious character to it that is evidently of great weight, aged in a 22 year old oak cask with a 100% ex-bourbon barrel cask, an Oloroso cask of a mere 4.1% of the contents. Aged in these casks prevents over-maturity or ‘roughness’ of the spirit, they more or less impart the honeyed caramel notes that make this whisky so potent and this much more enjoyable as a result.

Glenrothes 1995 Bot.2014 Review 2:

The Glenrothes distillery has been going strong since 1898 but its current appearance and precise locale were not chosen until nearly eighty years later.

In the 1960s the decision was made to move the distillery to its definitive site and abandon the old Cardenden location where the old Bot.No.1 had been previously located. The Cardenden location was chosen for the distillery because of its close proximity to the River Fife by which they were able to transport in both grain and coal for the distilling process.

The decision to move the distillery was probably not a simple one but was most likely made due to the need to supply the distillery with an appropriate water source. The use of the River Fife instead of the burn that flowed through Cardenden would lead to the distillery obtaining a higher and purer supply of water. The burn that ran through Cardenden was contaminated with various metals which could have had an adverse effect on the flavour of the spirit.

The decision to move was made in 1961 and by 1963 the new plant was up and running. The new distillery is located along the North Esk river to the east of Fife and is equipped with six stills that produce approximately 3.8million litres of spirit a year.

Written by Mark Adams

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