Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

A fine NAS sherry dominated dram from Glenrothes.  If you’re looking for something to spend hours nosing and easy drinking this is a good bet.  My tastes are set a bit further over to “challenging” but I can appreciate this. Beautiful toffee and sherry on the nose and great structure.

From the press release: Bottled at 40% abv,The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve will be available from brand owner Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits and its representatives in key markets for an RRP of £55 per 700ml bottle.

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve, 40% A+

Glenrothes-Sherry-Cask-ReserveNose - Dark tobacco and leather, Seville orange juice, Serrano ham, herbal greenness and wet oak.  A youthful sherried nose and rather good - well balanced and not overly sweet or raisiny, but with loads of depth, and a lovely lick of sulphur.  

Body - A little spice, sweet sherry, nice wood but lacks a little intensity.  Has a wet cardboard note to the delivery that I associate with young sherried drams.

Finish - Medium, balanced but approaching one dimensionality on the bitter and sweetness at the end, but with some good tobacco notes coming through.

What’s not good about it - Lacks intensity and interest in the delivery

What’s good about it - Fantastic nose, loads of depth and balance.  Love the darker, older tones with the leather and tobacco, and well judged sulphur.  I could session this all day long, but not sure it’s set at that price point.

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