Scotch - Single Malt

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2012

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2006

Wine Enthusiast

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Proof66 Notes

The Glenrothes Select Reserve single malt scotch is their first "non-vintage" selection chosen for specific characteristics and consistency. It carries no age statement but is rather selected from "mature" whiskies from different years.

The Glenrothes Distillery produced its first whisky in 1879 and they claim became "instantly prized by master blenders." Berry Bros & Rudd conceived of issuing scotch whisky in vintage years similar to wines and Glenrothes was a part of this new concept of treating scotch whisky. Glenrothes prides itself in using spring water the Ardcanny and Brauchhill springs. The scotch is matured in a combination of American new oak and Spanish sherry casks. Unusual for a distillery, the sherry oak is "seasoned to exact specifications" for Glenrothes.

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Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (38) (2016-09-22)
This Single Malt from the heart of Speyside is easy accessible, not very complex and comes without an age statement (NAS). The nose is characterized by toffee/caramel notes, citrus fruits and engaging hints of baked plums. However, the occasional spiritiness and rather intense brown sugar sweetness might be off-putting to some. On the palate, Glenrothes Select Reserve is mildly spicy and sweet, emphasizing on honey, vanilla cream and ripe fruits. The finish is short, clean and slightly dry. An average everyday dram that is comparable to better Blended Scotches. RATING: 3.0/5.0 ≙ 83 pts
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Ruby Ruby (3) (2015-08-12)
Color: Golden yellow Nose: citrus, golden raisins, vanilla buttercream, light grass, dried hay, toasted malt Palate: first bit, sweet golden fruits, light dusting of white pepper, lemon curd, orange peel, light salty sea spray, soft and smooth with only mild heat. Continues to be refreshing. Misty, green, mossy. Young and fresh. Pretty and educated without being overly complex or full of baggage. Finish: medium, lingering sweetness, unctuous,
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-03-22)
Tastes like a cross between Highland Park 12 and Laddie 10. The only thing I'd change is bottling it at 43 or 46% instead of 40. Other than that it's very much worth the price I paid.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-11):
The Glenrothes Select Reserve I tried was bottled at 43% ABV... Have they recently changed that?

Proof66 Staff (2016-05-11):
Hello... Proof66 Staff here. I checked on this. The 2012 rating from the San Francisco competition was reported at 40%. However, just magnifying the image on the Glenrothes website showed 43%. It's not unheard of to adjust bottling proof, particularly between the European and US markets. Whatever the case, we left the 80 proof here in our database and I shot an inquiry over to Glenrothes. We'll let you know if we hear from them!

joelbarrett joelbarrett (58) (2013-03-22)
Mild but really smooth scotch.
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gerodim gerodim (13) (2013-01-07)
I cannot believe this one got a higher score than the 1985 version. It's a fine, smooth whiskey but after all nothing special.
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