The Glenrothes makes a range of fine whiskies, including the Select Reserve. This bottling is a rarity for the Speyside distillery, as The Glenrothes typically releases vintage-dated whiskies, like the 1985 and 1998. Bottled at 80 proof and lacking some of the character seen in its older brothers, the Select Reserve is like an entry-level introduction to the brand. But a good one, at that.
The Glenrothes Select Reserve pours light gold and gives aromas of vanilla, malt, ripe fruits and a touch of briny sea air. Take a sip and find lots of malty sweetness, vanilla, zesty orange and hints of peat smoke. It’s clean and medium-bodied on the palate, with very little astringency. It finishes long, dry and spicy.
The Glenrothes Select Reserve doesn’t quite match up to some of the brand’s vintage-dated expressions. And it could probably use a bit more time in the barrel to mellow out. But overall, it’s a decently-balanced, full-flavored whisky. It’s easy-going enough to be your nightly dram, but carries enough complexity to pair with a fireside cigar.
And at an affordable $35, it’s one of the better values in single malt Scotch.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume