Just for once and as a massive change from my usual standpoint, I am coming down in favour of the drinkers as opposed to collectors
Did you hear me correctly
Glenrothes is an excellent malt, especially when you follow my guideline of 'at least 17 years old'.
That's right, drink it!
There was a time, something like 15 years ago when almost nobody had heard of Glenrothes. It was one of those well kept secrets for a very lucky few.
I was introduced to it by a landlady in the bar of a Manchester hotel which held over 100 different single malts on their shelves. She was a member of various whisky societies, but she personally never drank any whisky, although she could describe to the layman (which I was back then) what each one tasted like. I asked her for something different and described what I looked for in a whisky. She had no hesitation in recommending a Glenrothes and to be honest, it was the best whisky I had tasted up to that day.
Things have changed now, Glenrothes is widely marketed and desired by many whisky drinkers. But that doesn't stop it from being an excellent dram, in fact that's why it's so desirable.
Some of the vintages have certainly become collectors items in a short space of time, mainly because they are so good and of course, limited in number. So, if I put my collector's hat back on, I have to say that if you are selective, Glenrothes bottlings can indeed be excellent investments.
But my goodness, do they taste good!