Malt o' Month
This month's featured malt is the 1972 Glenrothes "restricted Release" a/k/a "Yellow Yabel"Glenrothes 1972 yellow label:
year of distillation 1972
no cask information given individually numbered bottles (No. 01026)
Here are the images (click for enlargements) of the label and the information from the neckband:
(label) "CHARACTER: Rich, spicy, fruitiness CHECKED: Duncan F. Stevens DATE: 2.11.72 APPROVED: R.H. Frink DATE: 26.3.96 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT thE CONTENTS HEREIN IS......of restricted release"
Now, here's my notes:
Tasting was done at full strength in a
petit La Maison du Whisky verre degustation.
finish: long, spicy, slightly dry and astringent, chocolate and oak pulsing in the background. A tiny whiff of smoked cinnamon.
Overall comments: This is a sophisticated whisky of quiet complexity. There is quite a bit of spiciness and character for a SPeyside. The fruitiness is not thin but deep and rich and is quickly followed by a nice dry oak-influenced character. The finish is quite long lasting and evolving. There are latent fruits that spring up form the firmament of dry spicy oak throughout the duration. The sherry maturation is not all that prevalent, which is a blessing. The sherry adds character in this case rather than masking the malt.
Altogether a top-drawer malt for anyone's collection.