Colour: Deep Gold
This 25 Year Old was part of the Glenrothes tasting I attended recently and after the 1988 vintage was my No 2 pick for the evening. Though some of my colleagues preferred this over the ’88 – well, to each his own.
It has quite a distinct sherry influenced nose. There is a strong presence of dark caramel and chocolate in a stew of cooked oranges. Spicy clove sprinkled with sea salt and almonds come next. All on a thin layer of oak shavings.
The palate is a combination of honey, toffee and chocolate with the slightest of cardamom. Could have been a bit more chewy, in my opinion.
The long chocolate finish makes for a rather enjoyable dram.