Over to Glenrothes for a full-term 1st full sherry butt maturation. Interestingly this has maintained a very high ABV despite its 12 years of age.
Nose: Immediate and pronounced rich chocolate sauce alongside strawberry bootlaces and raspberry milkshakes. Sherry-forward notes of orange peels, raisins, brown sugars and wild honey are joined by a leafiness of hot house vines and well-caramelised honeycomb (Crunchie Bars!). Water expressed more orange with tangerines and old fashioned liqueurs alongside ginger and cinnamon spicing.
Taste: Rich and syrupy in texture. Reduced red and black berries – sticky and jammy sit alongside cinder toffee, spent coffee grounds and dark chocolate ganache. Ginger and cinnamon spicing joins cigar wrappers, whilst bon bons and molasses provide yet more additional sweetness. Reduction reveals gingerbread, dried fruit sponge and ground espresso beans.
Finish: Medium to long with jammy reduced fruits and fading baking spices.
On paper, a high-quality, full-term sherry matured Glenrothes should be a lovely thing indeed. Pleasingly (and unlike some of the many indy Rothes bottlings we’re seeing presently) this is exactly the case with this Society bottling. Note perfect for its 12 years of age and quite hard to pick fault with. Not rocket science complexity, just sherry maturation ‘done proper’. Joint pick of the month.