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The search starts again to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. In the first of three voting heats, we reveal the winners of the Scottish round.
September 2011, Issue 98, page 6
Desperately seeking Spey what
The Speyside Festival starts April 28th. To mark the event Michael Jackson visits the region and considers its boundaries
April 2005, Issue 47, page 24
Ghosts in the works
Ghosts are a common feature in whisky distilleries. Robin Laing goes in search of some of the most famous onces
August 2006, Issue 58, page 50
Highland malt will be flowing again soon from the long-mothballed Glenglassaugh distillery, following its sale in March by the Edrington Group. The new owners is a Dutch investment group The Scaent G...
April 2008, Issue 71, page 8
Tamdhu is the latest distillery to be mothballed. Gavin D. Smith reports.
July 2010, Issue 89, page 34
The ghost in the machine
Charles Maclean takes a midnight tour of spectural distillery dogs ghostly maltmen and spirit footsteps that are silenced by the burning of boots. So draw the curtains and gather round the fire
January 1999, Issue 1, page 34
The Heart of the Matter
Joel Harrison explores the iconic whisky making region
October 2012, Issue 107, page 42
Chieftain's Choice The Glenrothes 1992, 10 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 More mature than its 10 years would suggest. Fruitier than the conventional distillery bottlings. Refreshing. Like sorbet between courses.
Duncan Taylor Glenrothes Octave Range 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.80% 9 Give it time. Balanced, complex and recommended.
Duncan Taylor The Glenrothes 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.20% 7 Old with a certain sexy, slinky quality.
Glenrothes 16 Years Old, 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Drinkable enough, but marked down for its ‘fousty' nose.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A great addition to the Glenrothes vintages. Stands up well among its fellow bottlings.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Another belter from the Rothes gang.
Glenrothes John Ramsay
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.70% 8 A refined and fulfilling dram. Perfect balance. Complex without ostentation.
Gordon & MacPhail The Glenrothes 1965
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Classic Speyside. Confident. Aristocratic.
James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.
Provenance The Glenrothes 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Large, yet complex. A lovely example of this outstanding Speyside whisky which still has far too low a profile.
Scott's Selection Glenrothes 1986 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.70% 7 A little underwhelming.
Signatory The Glenrothes 1968 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.50% 8 Less soft than the younger expression. A drier, more robust, expression.
Signatory The Glenrothes 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 An elegant and luxurious malt. Glenrothes. This is an elegant and luxurious interpretation of it.
The Glenrothes 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 I have always felt that Glenrothes deserved to be more widely appreciated and this bottling confirms that opinion. It is on the sweet side, but beautifully rounded. A sophisticated afterdinner malt.
The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 You need to concentrate hard on this one as it does not give up its complexities immediately.
The Glenrothes 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 This is head and shoulders above everything else in this tasting. Fills all the senses.
The Glenrothes 1987, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 The flavour metaphors evoke childhood, but this is a very adult, sophisticated malt.
The Glenrothes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A whisky for a reverie. Daydream of childhood and the local sweet-shop.
The Glenrothes 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Big and powerful but with sufficient character to cope. Another cracker from Rothes.
The Glenrothes 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A teasing mix of aromas and flavours.
The Glenrothes 25 Years Old
- Scotland - 43.00% 9 Slow,elegant and complex.
The Glenrothes Robur Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Could be bolder.
The Glenrothes Select Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Youthful, but without the lip-smacking class of the older vintages.
The Glenrothes Vintage 1995, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 The palate is sweeter and more open than the nose. Oak mellows on time. Give it time.