Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Mashtun notes:

This dram may be a bit of a ‘sherry monster’ for some people but we found it very palatable. The nose had deep sherry notes with toffee, red fruits, molasses, red liquorice, bananas, and spices. The palate had charred oak, toffee, chilli, sherry, caramelised apples, and sweet bananas. The finish was long and lingered on. It had warm treacle, sherry, and a rich spicy end. The whisky had a fantastic deep red brown (almost the colour of a peat stream) colour and a thick dense texture. Air mellows the nose and palate slightly, while adding water did open up the dram. Being almost 60% we added slightly more water than usual but with the right amount the ‘sherry monster’ is tamed. It unleashes citrus on the nose, rum and raisin on the palate, and spices on the finish. As the sherry dulls the whisky shines through.

This is quite intense in the beginning but with the right amount of air and water this dram shines through. Lovers of a sherried whisky will love this, but fear not, with a little water this opens up and has a lot more character. It’s be won’t for everyone but we certainly enjoyed it, having said that every one of us has a fairly high ‘sherried whisky threshold’!

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

The firm of William Cadenhead Ltd, Wine and Spirit Merchants, was founded in 1842 and is Scotland's oldest independent bottler. The company was was in the ownership of the same family until taken over by J & A Mitchell & Co.Ltd in 1972, the proprietors of Springbank distillery. As an independent bottled Cadenheads are well placed to release unique age ranges and finishes (such as this whisky) that the actual distillery would not normally release.

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 Notes: 55.7% ABV – 1990 (bottled 2014) sherry cask. £90 per bottle at time of tasting.

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Nose:

Sherry, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and spices

Palate:

Toffee, oak, sherry, forest fruits, treacle, and sweet bananas

Finish:

Long warm treacle finish that has a rich spicy end

Colour:

Rusty red

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Slightly mellows the nose

Water:

Brings out hints of citrus on the nose, rum and raisin on the palate, and adds spices to the finish

Overall comments:

This is a big sherried dram that somehow manages not to let the sherry overpower the experience. I especially loved the rich spicy finish.

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Nose:

Deep and sharp sherry nose with notes of toffee, molasses, banana, double cream and malted barley

Palate:

Charred wood, chilli, barbecue spices, black pepper, caramelised apples

Finish:

Lingers with wood-smoke and peppery notes on the palate

Colour:

Deep reddish-brown

Texture:

Dense, spicy and syrup

Air:

Mellows the palate

Water:

I added quite a lot of water to open up the palate

Overall comments:

This was a bit intense at first but mellowed with air and water. It’s a punchy, dense dram with lots of character, fans of sherry casks will lap this up.

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Nose:

Big wiffs of sherry with red fruits and flapjacks. It also had red liquorice, spice and pepper notes

Palate:

Very spicy and peppery with loads of sherry notes

Finish:

Very long and sweet with hints of burnt sugar

Colour:

The same brownie red of a peat burn

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Brings out more whisky on the nose and palate

Overall comments:

If you like a sherry dram you will love this. If the Glenrothes had shined through more though I would have given it a better score.

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