About the Select Reserve:
We are now at the third generation of Select Reserve and it was a big improvement since the first Release. How can you see the diffrences between the SRs?
The first one was released with 40% and old label, than it got 43% with old label and now the third is with 43% and new Label. The fruit flavor is more present in the actual release. In the past releases it was more citrus related.@Fscott: Serge from the Maniacs wrote about the new 1998 Vintage:
Glenrothes 1998/2009 (43%, OB, Asia) Colour: gold. Nose: classic Glenrothes! No excessive youth but a very pleasant liveliness, starting on typical 'yellow' flowers (dandelions and buttercups), light honey (acacia for instance) and some almondy/nutty notes that we don't find in older versions. Goes on with notes of Sauternes wine (quite some ripe apricot) and a lot of butterscotch, vanillas and cappuccino and finally just a little wood smoke and an extra 'youth' kick between fresh big oranges and ripe strawberries. It actually noses more like a 15yo than like a 10/11yo Glenrothes and in that sense reminds me of a 1985/1997 that I enjoyed mucho at the time. Mouth: starts a bit shy and narrow but that doesn't last for long. Quite some honey and marmalade, other 'orangey stuff', ripe apples, toasted bread, lemon marmalade then cinnamon and nutmeg from the wood. Candy sugar. Rather medium-bodied and rather easy-sipping. Finish: not very long but clean, mainly on honey and a little vanilla fudge. Comments: the nose was much to my liking, the palate as well but just a little more oomph would have been welcome. Maybe a perfect whisky to quaff with food? SGP:421 - 84 points. (26 June 2009)
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