Glenrothes has again this year, made a Halloween edition. Matured in a duo of bourbon and sherry casks and then it have had a finish in casks which previously contained peated whisky. There is a total of 5,000 bottles of this one and the ABV is at 46.6%.
Compared to last year when the bottle was black, it now has a white “frosted” bottle. And just like Mackmyra Intelligence, this bottle contains an NFC chip that when scanned, with your smartphone or tablet, will send one to a URL (hold your smartphone up to # 13 and wait for the spooky magic to happen), with a virtual tasting with Spirit of The Glenrothes.
… That Glenrothes chooses to make a Halloween edition has a special reason. Firstly, many people believe that Halloween belongs to Scotland as it is proven that Scotland is actually the birthplace of Halloween. The second reason is that the Glenrothes distillery is located close to the Rothes cemetery. – So hold on to your maybe now brown pants and let’s begind the spooky review.
Very sweet on the nose but also with some strong vanilla, that is picked up first followed by a light pleasant cinnamon. Then banana arrives, baked bread and charred wood followed by white pepper, boiled apple and lemon. Hints from pepper, orange and grapefruit.
Again a good potion of vanilla in the Lindt Excellence Orange -direction (chocolate with orange flavor). Then the taste of light smoke mixed with red apple, blood orange and honey melon with weak hints of cinnamon arrives. – Grapefruit and licorice can also easily be picked up but from one sip to the other, these comes and go.
Long finish that contains a good potion of smoke mixed with blood orange, sweet grape and a bit of citrus. Then honey melon arrives as in a very mature one of a kind and is also the flavor you stand with in the end.
Results, thoughts and score:
The Glenrothes 13 Year Old Halloween Edition 2019 is definitely not just a sales trick to sell anything questionable. It tastes better than expected and it tastes right! And especially for approx. 365, – DKK.
Its interaction between nose-mouth-finish is really good and it don’t become boring. Its smoke volume is suitable for anyone and those who prefer heavy smoke will still get a pleasant experience without shortcomings. Please keep in mind that it don’t taste like the most do from ‘rothes’ but that’s why it actually taste good.