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The Glenrothes 1991 - Whisky Review

Vintage Armory

by Alain Gayot

The Glenrothes 1991 is a rare vintage

If you're an aficionado of The Glenrothes Scotch whisky desperate for a new release, wait no more. The rare 1991 vintage from selected casks is finally out. The old-fashioned hand grenade-shaped bottle boasts a unique label with specific handwritten tasting notes from that cask. Master Distiller John Ramsay determined our specimen expresses berry fruit, vanilla and butterscotch, but we’re not talking ice cream here.

It’s more like gunpowder. The listed flavors are subjective and will evolve according to the surroundings, food and mood you're in, but there is no doubt that the folks over at the Speyside distillery have packed an elegant beverage with depth and balance in this detonating bottle.

“The typical characteristics of The Glenrothes are all here, of course, but the emphasis is on vanilla and butterscotch flavors,” stated Alexis Pagis, Brand Manager of The Glenrothes. “Like each of The Glenrothes' Vintages that have come before it, the 1991 is unique, providing those fortunate enough to enjoy its richness with a new and exciting Single Malt experience of unmatched excellence.”

Each label of The Glenrothes 1991 features handwritten tasting notes

The distillery—which is controlled by Skyy Spirits, a subsidiary of Milan-based Gruppo Campari—bottles just two percent of its whisky as a Single Malt to ensure exceptional quality. Of the sixteen Vintages released by The Glenrothes, fourteen have completely sold out. And to date, only five Single Casks have been made available, with a bottle of 1966 selling for £1,000. The Glenrothes is matured in both Spanish and American oak casks—the best of both worlds.

The recommended retail price for The Glenrothes 1991 Vintage Malt is $77.99. While that's a hefty sum, The Glenrothes will definitely be a valuable addition to your liquor armory, as it certainly will deliver an explosion of scents, flavors and contentment. It's a good investment, but what’s up with the synthetic cork? Then again, plastic and explosives kind of go together.

Price: $77.99 for 750 ml bottle
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