Tuesday’s Tipple........Well, it’s been that sort of week already so I’ll just jump right into it. I’m digging into the birthday stash with the Glenrothes Vintage Reserve. Vintage Single Malt Whisky bottled for the wine and spirits merchants Berry Bros & Rudd of St James, London. Its brilliant brassy gold appearance, accentuated by the stout, bulbous bottle, belies rich yet soft and quite deeply-fragrant olfactory notes of ripened citrus and honeycomb which accompany subtle wafts of red fruit. It is unexpectedly light on the palate but silky smooth and soft with a buttery almost creamy mouth-feel, rinsing through. Top notes of walnuts and raspberries supported by a strong honeyed vanilla. That vanilla carries on a bit, making a faint acquaintance with sherry and caramel in a long and mellow finish.
With no age statement, the Glenrothes Vintage Reserve is a marriage of 10 vintages from the Glenrothes distillery ranging from 1989 to 2007. It is light and suspiciously easy to drink but with the autumnal seasonal change, I’m not convinced that I wouldn’t have enjoyed this whisky more in Abuja where the heat and humidity coerces the spirit to be ever so slightly more amicable and open to consumption. Still, that can always be arranged. @