Glenrothes 26 Year Old - Hart Brothers

Floral, Nutty, Hay Like
The independent bottlers Hart Brothers advertise their bottlings as being subject to the highest standards of quality control. They distribute selected single cask bottlings, of course unfiltered and uncoloured. From this series we have a Speysider from the Glenrothes distillery in our glass today. Distilled in 1988 as a vintage whisky and then matured in casks for 26 years.
Glenrothes 26 Year Old - Hart Brothers
Glenrothes 26 Year Old - Hart Brothers (@whiskyedition)
Single Malt Whisky | 26 Year Old | 50,50 % ABV. | 256,67 €/l | Glenrothes Distillery | bottled by Hart Brothers | produced in Scotland (Speyside) | Whiskybase ID 65691


The nose is already very complex, with a wide range of aromas. We find vanilla, honey and a floral fruitiness similar to buttercup. These are joined by sweet notes of fresh peach and apple. When the malt is allowed to breathe a little, spicy notes of oak and malted barley emerge.


Like a typical Speysider, the profile evokes fruity freshness on the tongue. We think of peach iced tea, still vanilla sweetness and a malty cereal note on the tip of the tongue. This is overlaid by stronger flavours of oak, herbal tea and white pepper. There is also a very slight nuttiness, mostly reminiscent of almonds. This malt is not dry and is extremely oily.


The medium-long finish pushes a very pleasant, but quite discreet, amount of oak. No bitterness at all, just pure, natural, spicy oak.


This Glenrothes 26 is respectably complex, yet simple and beautiful. With plenty of time, you can analyse the flavours layer by layer, or just enjoy it in the summer. Light and extremely well-integrated flavours make this a very fresh single malt despite its age.

Rating: 90/100 - World Class (Marcel: 90 | Sascha: 90)

Value for Money: 4/5 - Good

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