As you know online whisky shop TheWhiskyBarrel.com released a few months ago a quite interesting range of whiskies bottled at cask strength from a single cask which I reviewed here. Today I review their latest two additions, a Glenrothes 25 years old and a mysterious Westport 15 years old.
First of all, I really want to thank the Whisky Barrel for these samples as it has been a real nightmare to get them. DHL has broken the parcel twice, one of them destroying all the samples inside and the second time destroying a Tomatin 12 years old. Really if you need to send something use another company. Thankfully on the last try, the Glenrothes and Westport arrived safe although the parcel was damaged too.
Well, anyway… Let me introduce you the whiskies. I tasted first Westport, mainly because it was the youngest.
Westport 15 years old Burns Malt 1997
Where is Westport distillery? When it was founded? Worry no more. There is no Westport distillery.
Well, it really looks like all the western world is turning stupid. Westport is in fact a Glenmorangie whisky but to “protect” the distillery name ( and rights and trademarks all that… ) they ( Glenmorangie ) teaspoon ( they add one teaspoon of Glen Moray into a cask of Glenmorangie ) it with Glen Moray. What for? So that the whisky can’t be called legally Glenmorangie. Sounds stupid? It is.
“Wonderful nose on a quite powerful dram with a bold honey and citrus aromas. Quite nice”
This dram has a white wine-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, peaches, barley, citrus, wood, vanilla.
Palate (89): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, wood, spices.
Finish (89): longer than average. honey, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Westport Burns Malt 15 years old 1997 #3299 with 89 points over 100.
Well, at least it is a very nice whisky. Personally, if I am able to create such fine single malt ( or blended malt to be exact ) I wouldn’t mind putting my name on it…
Glenrothes 25 years old Burns Malt
This one is a Glenrothes 25 Year Old from the Speyside distillery in the Scottish town of Rothes in 1988.
“Lovely Glenrothes whisky ( and I am not really fan of their style ) were the Speyside's fingerprint shines!”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. honey, wood, spices, cinnamon, citrus.
Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, wood, spices, cinnamon, orange zest.
Finish (90): longer than average. honey, spices, oranges.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes Burns Malt 25 years old 1988 #7861 with 90 points over 100.
Both of them are very nice whiskies but the Glenrothes is really good and you are reading this from a man that really isn’t fond of Glenrothes whiskies ( I don’t know why really ).
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