Whisky Sponge Second least amusing distillery in Rothes 1990

Posted 11 August 2021 by Matt / In Glenrothes
The Dramble reviews Whisky Sponge Second least amusing distillery in Rothes 1990 30 year old

Bottle Name: Second least amusing distillery in Rothes 1990

ABV: 48.5%
Distillery: Glenrothes
Bottler: Whisky Sponge
Region: Speyside Age: 30

There’s a number of amusing distilleries in Rothes – at one point in time I was in the area with a group of whisky nerds intending to visit four of the town’s booze factories within the space of a single afternoon. But that fell through, and so we all ended up drinking in a park whilst throwing giant plastic hoops at Angus’s face whilst he sat wearing a giant rubber salmon head. True story.

This Sponge second least amusing Glenrothes is rather the venerable drop. Distilled back in 1990 and matured in two refill hogsheads before being amalgamated for Sponge’s nefarious plans. This one is bottled at 48.5% and resulted in 519 sold out bottles.

Nose: Bright, syrupy, polished fruits – pear liqueurs, watermelon slices and gooseberries. Marzipan and chopped almonds sit with a leafiness from cut stems and press leaves, whilst golden syrup is conjoined with lacquered oak flooring. A fairly narrow, but highly appealing profile. Dilution presents orange and lemon squashes together with sunflower oil and touches of mown grass and baked bread.

Taste: Honied orchard fruits lead off – apples and pears soured with orange and gooseberries. There’s a poised balance between sweetness and tartness. Oatcakes and malt loaf join touches of camphor and mentholated oak before a tingle of white pepper adds some peppiness. Water is held rather well – tinned fruit salad with a citric, grapefruit, sherbet zinginess alongside steeped fruit teas.

Finish: Quite long, bready, malty, minty and still all rather fruity.

A highly likeable Sponge Glenrothes that whilst rather restricted in focus still presents a high volume of perfectly expressed fruitiness alongside a keenly balanced palate that never falls off the tightrope of sweetness. Dilution is also beneficial, offering a welcomed broadening of the profile.

Score: 87/100

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