Tasting Notes: The Glenrothes 1985 Vintage Scotch Whisky

The second coming


The Glenrothes Whisky’s vintage release program brings some very interesting drams to market, including the 1985 Vintage ($110). This whisky was laid down in barrels in 1985 and first bottled in 1997 as a 12-year old expression. It was a hit, so the company decided to age those original whisky stocks even longer and bottle it again in 2005 as a 20-year old expression. The result is a full-flavored, oaky whisky that shows more character, complexity and delicacy than its 12-year old forebear.

The Glenrothes 1985 Vintage has a rich bouquet of dried fruits, vanilla and lots of cooked orange notes that evoke feelings of the fall. It’s very smooth and velvety on the palate, with flavors ranging from oaky honey and vanilla to white grapes. Its lengthy finish balances between mild sweetness and dry oak.

Overall it’s a complex, authoritative whisky that makes a lovely after-dinner drink, and it’s the perfect companion to a comfortable chair and a good book. The 1985 Glenrothes is the last of the vintage to be bottled, so get it while it lasts.

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