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The Glenrothes 1995 Scotch whiskyAs The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage is released after 16 Years of aging, BourbonBlog.com’s Tom Fischer reviews the both in The 1995 Vintage and 1994.

The Glenrothes was aged for 16 Years, while the 1994 Vintage was aged 12 Years, distilled in 1994 and Bottled in 2006.

The Glenrothes only releases vintages when they are deemed to be at the optimal level of maturity – not in response to a pre-determined 12 or 15 year-old age statement.

“It is far more important what happens to the whisky in the cask than the length of time spent in it,” Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes’ Brand Heritage Director tells BourbonBlog.com

Both beautifully unique whiskies, The Vintage 1995 is priced $82 (750ml) and will be available from this month onwards; the Vintage 1994 is $79 and is almost out of stock, but you may be able to find a bottle at a specialty retailer.

The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage reviewThe Glenrothes 1995 Vintage

Whisky: The Glenrothes 1995 Speyside Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: The Glenrothes Distillery, Rothes, Banffshire, By the Burn of Rothes

Age: 16 years, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2011

Proof: 86 Proof, 43% ABV

Color: Brilliant medium amber

Notes: 30% Sherry Treated casks (both American and Spanish Oak) 70% refill

Nose: An oaky, toasty spice. Biscuit like, honey and bright alluring quality.

Taste: Starts creamy then goes between a crème brûlée and pink grapefruit. Toward the end, hints of apples become present

Finish: Mellow, relaxing and warming cocoa

                 The Glenrothes 1994 Vintage

The Glenrothes 1994 Vintage reviewWhisky: >The Glenrothes 1994 Speyside Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: The Glenrothes Distillery, Rothes, Banffshire, By the Burn of Rothes

Age: 12 years, distilled in 1994 bottled in 2006

Proof: 86 Proof, 43% ABV

Color: Brilliant medium amber

Notes: 40% sherry treated casks (30% AMerican Oak, 10% Spanish oak) 60 % refill casks

Nose: Toffee apple, buttery, and marshmallow

Taste: Light mouthfeel, citrus and slightly tangy. Buttery burnt sugar with some marshmallow.

Finish: Fruity and apples

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