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Glenrothes and Westport: Tasting the new Burns Malt Whiskies

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenmorangie , Glenrothes

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.

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WTF 004: The Older, the Better, right?

By Miguel in Tasting , Kilchoman , North British , Glengoyne , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes

Hello friends,

Welcome to another blind tasting session with lots of interesting surprises. Three really old whiskies followed by two new whiskies introduced recently. This is exactly the other way round I like to do tastings but surprisingly I was shockingly impressed with the little ones.


So, in case you missed it, WFT Tasting sessions ( like this and this one ) is just a way to force myself into tasting stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise… I love young peated whiskies, mid age sherried monsters and those lovely very old bourbon cask matured whiskies. So I tend to taste more of this stuff and less of other proposal that are quite interesting but go under my radar.

Soooo, worry no more. I just introduced my hand blindly on the samples’ box and grabbed four or five random, and I mean random!, samples of whisky, bourbon, rum, vodka… Life is like a chocolate box, you never know what you are gonna get.

So, the whiskies…

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The Mermaid, the Witch and the Beauty: WTF Tasting 002

By Miguel in Tasting , Old Pulteney , Glenrothes , anCnoc , Glenury Royal

Ouch! After a fantastic beginning with the WTF Tasting, I am back with a second WTF blind tasting.


Again, just in case you are new to this, my new way of tasting, I introduce my hand in the samples box and grab four or five samples of whatever it is inside: single malts, blended, rums, gins, vodka, whatever means whatever!.

What in my opinion makes this kind of tasting so awesome is the surprise factor. You have absolutely no idea of what you are tasting so only color and the beverage itself can make you rate it, no prices, no fancy bottles, no stunning statements, no marketing, just pure whisky passion. [NOTE to self: Buy opaque tasting glasses]

Well, let’s see what the f*** I tasted…

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Whisky Tasting Session 2013-01

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Allt-a-Bhainne , Aberlour , Glen Garioch , Glenrothes , Glen Scotia

Hurray! New year, new blind tasting session.

As usual Jean-Marie Putz of Whisky-distilleries.info proposed six unnamed samples on a stunning box like previous tastings.

A blind tasting is a quite interesting experience because tasting whiskies in this way you really pay more attention to the whisky and less to the bottle. I have tasted whiskies that I have considered good but nothing special ( Is there such a thing as bad whisky?! ) and then I discovered that I were tasting a 39 years old single malt. Have I known before hand what I was tasting I am 100% sure it would have affected my rating.

So here are the drams…

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TWE Whisky Show 2012: What I couldn't taste [Part 4]

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Cooley , Chivas , Johnnie Walker , The Macallan , Dewar , Penderyn , Bunnahabhain , Compass Box , Monkey Shoulder , Glenfiddich , The Balvenie , Kilchoman , Highland Park , Bowmore , Yoichi , Nikka , Suntory , Balblair , Redbreast , Glenfarclas , Connemara , Ichiro , Rosebank , Benriach , Glendronach , Old Pulteney , Dalmore , Glen Garioch , Big Peat , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes , Maker's Mark , Hibiki , Four Roses , Glencadam , Wemyss , Douglas Laing

This post continue from TWE Whisky Show [Part 3]

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012 took place at October 6th and 7th and although it has been a great experience it has been a short one. With over 450 whiskies to taste and just barely six hours ahead it was impossible to taste them all.

What I couldn’t taste

This post is just a set of photos of what I couldn’t taste. Sorry, people… I can write about this because I get sad… so great stuff that I had to skip… *sniff*

I visited Compass Box stand for saying hi to Chris and I take a few photos with the people on the show.

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The Glenrothes Alba Reserve Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenrothes

“Honeyed but slightly dry. Very influenced by the cask.”

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
Glenrothes Alba Reserve is a new multi-vintage single malt from The Glenrothes, matured exclusively in American oak refill bourbon casks. Limited release.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (85): more than average. honey, spices, coconut, wood, malt, cocoa.

Palate (89): light, powerful. honey, pepper, peaches, floral, cinnamon.

Finish (87): longer than average. floral, pepper, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes Alba Reserve with 87 points over 100.

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenrothes

“A heavy sherry influence on the whisky. Almost there.”

Glenrothes Select Reserve
A bottling with casks from different years, inspired by the famous non-vitange offerings from champagne. Keir found the following: "Werther’s originals. Soot. Rum and raisin. Some solventy notes contributing to good complexity. Soft. Creamy, lots of vanilla. Very pleasant!’ Natural colour.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (86): strong. tobacco, peaches, nuts, sulphur, honey, citrus.

Palate (87): oily, powerful. fruits, wood, nuts, honey, citrus, heather.

Finish (85): longer than average. wood, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes Select Reserve with 86 points over 100.

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The Glenrothes 11 years old 1998 Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenrothes

“A good Glenrothes with a good amount of sherry influence.”

Glenrothes 11 year 1998
A Glenrothes distilled in 1998 and initially aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Sauternes casks from the premier cru winery Chāteau d'Yquem.

This was bottled in 2009 at the Bruichladdich distillery. A release of 1,700 bottles.

And it is one of the nicest Glenrothes whiskies that I have had. Very recommended.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (88): strong. peaches, malt, honey, vanilla, peat, floral.

Palate (90): smooth, oily, powerful. peaches, malt, honey, floral, citrus, peat.

Finish (90): long. peat, fruity, wood, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes 11 year 1998 with 89 points over 100.

The Glenrothes 15 years old by Duthies Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenrothes

“Quite floral.”

Glenrothes 15 year Duthies Cadenhead
The Glenrothes distillery is known for its winter spice and classic Speyside flavour. This 15 year old was bottled by Cadenhead for their new Duthies range of single malts.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (86): strong. peaches, wood, honey, floral, citrus.

Palate (85): light. floral, honey, peaches, wood, spices, citrus.

Finish (85): long. floral, honey, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes 15 year Duthies Cadenhead with 85 points over 100.

The Glenrothes 15 years old 1994 by Signatory Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenrothes
Glenrothes 15 year 1994 Signatory
A vintage Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory. This was single cask number 1096, a refill butt. Distilled on the 28th January 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling on the 9th December 2009. A release of 778 bottles.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): strong. floral, honey, orange zest, spices, peaches, wood.

Palate (86): smooth, oily, powerful. floral, spices, honey, wood, liquorice.

Finish (89): long. honey, floral, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenrothes 15 year 1994 Signatory with 87 points over 100.