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Gelenrothes Select reserve

Postby middlecut » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:57 pm

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Postby Admiral » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:32 pm

I tasted this the other night with some of my whisky club mates.

We were all pretty unimpressed. It had a promising nose that invited some exploration, but the palate was pretty empty and ultimately quite disappointing.

It certainly does not compare well to the vintage releases.

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Postby les taylor » Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:06 pm

At Whisky live we visited the Glenrothes stall. We unanimously agreed that the vintage's were all better than the select reserve, Which just seemed a bit bland and lacking character compared to the Vintages.


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Postby middlecut » Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:12 pm

I posted the select reserve profile as on the same night I tried the 1992 and the select reserve together.. I much preferred the SR.

the 1992 was pretty bland and a bit too spirity for me .. it also had that almond (apple pip) bitterness in the aftertaste .. I usually like it covered in a dollop of treacle!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:23 am

middlecut wrote:I posted the select reserve profile as on the same night I tried the 1992 and the select reserve together.. I much preferred the SR.


These seem to be, by acclamation, the two least impressive Glenrothes releases ever. One hopes they represent an aberration and not a trend, as all the vintages I've had prior were very good at the least. Glenrothes' quality has been perhaps safeguarded by the fact that it was a bit of a secret, and it is to be hoped that its widening reputation is not leading to an impulse to capitalize regardless of the availability of top-notch stock.
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Postby peergynt323 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:47 am

SR definitely pleased me more than 1992. It seems fairly priced to me and more impressive than the other base offerings from Speyside.

The 1991 and 1987 vintages are miles better though.
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Postby middlecut » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:32 am

I got the glenrothes initially because I tired the 1979 at the whisky festival in Leiden. That was an amazing dram and one of the last ones of the evening (was I influenced by the spirity feeling I was experiencing by that time).

I couldn't find the 1979 anywhere and probably couldn't afford it if i found it , so bought a bottle of the 92. I was luckyy enough to recieve the SR as a birthday gift but none of them come close to the 1979 experience and at best they sit in my mid range section of the shelf.

I should have done more research on the Glenrothes collection before I bought it .. One good bottle for the price of 2 mediocre ones would have taken up less space on my rather small shelf!
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Postby Lawrence » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:42 pm

I bought a bottle of the Gelnrothes Select Reserve for a friend a few months ago and he opened minutes after delivery, I remember that it was very drinkable.
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Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:40 am

Glenrothes is one of my favorites (favourites for you on the island) but the Select Reserve was truly unimpressive. The 1992 is right there with the SR. Now the 1957 from G&M is another story.
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Mar 30, 2007 8:04 am

I have my eye on the 1972. I hope it's as good as I predict.
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Postby les taylor » Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:32 am

Ganga wrote:-

The 1992 is right there with the SR. Now the 1957 from G&M is another story.

Ganga please tell me more I want to get a couple of 1957's in the next month or so and I'm whittling down my selection. Have you any info and its availability.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:02 pm

peergynt323 wrote:I have my eye on the 1972. I hope it's as good as I predict.


Oh, it is. It surely is. It had better be. I've just bought a couple of bottles of the stuff. :shock:
Seriously though, I tasted it at WL Glasgow 05 and it knocked my little socks off. It was the star of the show for me and that was even taking Balblair 38 into account.
Of course, everyone tastes things differently but there was a real murmur of appreciation all round when it was tasted at the WL masterclass. I hope you enjoy. I know I will :D
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Postby middlecut » Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:55 pm

So it turns out I probably got the 2 most mediocre glenrothes. Hmm trust me .. and I actually don't mind the select reserve so much..

so getting back to my price range (under 80 euro)..

Which of the later vintages could anyone recommend? should I try a non distillery bottling?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:49 am

I thought the 84 was quite good. Marmalade oranges and a little spice. Far too easy to drink :D
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Postby Admiral » Sat Mar 31, 2007 11:07 pm

The 1987 and 1989 were both good malts. I particularly enjoyed the licorice notes that underpinned the '87.

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Postby Jobi » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:34 pm

peergynt323 wrote:I have my eye on the 1972. I hope it's as good as I predict.


I've eyed the 1972 a couple of times before also. Are there two different bottlings of the 1972?
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:45 pm

I'm with Admiral here, at least in regards to the Glenrothes 1989. The 1992 is a disappointment. The 27 yo 1973 is one of my sealed bottles so I can't comment on it, yet. 58 more bottles to empty first.
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:00 pm

I'm not sure which vintage I tasted at the Oslo Whisky Festival in November, but it was very good, maybe the 1987. And the food I had with it there was not only excellent, it went very well with it!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:16 pm

I bought the 1987 some time ago without knowing what you guys think of it. I consider myself as lucky!
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Postby Photon » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:26 pm

I have an '87 waiting to be opened. I think I'm alone here in deeming the '92 one of my favorites. So rich and buttery, by far the creamiest malt that I have tasted.

I have tried the select reserve, and while it is nice and and malty, there is nothing special about it. Tastes like Tormore, but costs more.

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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:47 pm

We have the 1991 on the shelves here now, anyone tasted that yet? I'll use it in a tasting in a few weeks, if it gets delivered, but I'm curious...
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