Yeah those two are from Glenrothes and I’m quite thrilled to taste them face to face since they are both quite old, from an Hogshead cask and from Archives! What’s your bet guys?
Speyside Region 21yo 1998-2020 (54%, Archives, Hogshead, cask #18505, 187 bottles)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: No alcohol presence. It’s fruity, round and there is also a lot of acidic notes. Caramelized rhubarb tart, caramelized apples tart, lemon zest, solvents, polish and freshly cut apples.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is a bit oily. Fresh citruses, orange juice, lemon zest, freshly cut apples with a lot of acidic notes, williams pear, caramelized peanuts and apple cider.
Finish: Mid-long. Citruses, granny smith apples, delicate mentholated freshness, noble wood adding some astringent notes, liquorice, white pepper, honey, ginger and caramelized peanuts.
The perfect balance of acidic notes and roundness wrapped in a dry and fruity profile! This first one raid the bar pretty high, let’s see if the oldest one will go higher!
Secret Speyside 30yo 1990-2021 (50.2%, Archives, Hogshead, cask #18004, 252 bottles)
Colour: Straw with golden hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence at all. Tropical fruits, golden apples, passion fruits, watermelon, mangoes, acacia honey, freshly cut grass, chalk, vanilla and mineral notes.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very oily. A lot oc candle wax and fruits, tangerine with slight acidic notes, caramelized apples tard, plums, peaches, mangoes, papayas, rose petals and at the end of the mouth arrives some dry wood, mineral notes and bitter cocoa. It’s very powerful with an interesting level of complexity and balance!
Finish: Long. White pepper, pine wood freshness, tropical fruits, noble wood dryness mixing slowly with the pinewood freshness and the result is very nice!
Probably one of the best Glenrothes I recently tasted, I loved the powerful profile that was still full of balance!
The winner is the older one obviously but both of them were very very good. The oldest was more complex and more powerful while keeping a very nice balance. The youngest was an original profile in my opinion and I liked that roundess/acidity balance very much! Congrats to the Archives guys one more time!