Review #1227 – Glenrothes Peated Cask

Review #1227 | Scotch Review #420 – Glenrothes Peated Cask

The Schtick: This is an interesting release from Glenrothes. Containing both 20yr Glenrothes spirit and other Glenrothes spirit, it is matured in a Laphroaig cask. Since this is a NAS release, it must mean there is quite a bit of young spirit in with the older spirit, otherwise Glenrothes would be stumbling over themselves to age state this.

Distiller: Glenrothes

Bottler: Glenrothes

Selection: N/A

ABV: 40% ABV

Age: NA

Nose: Sweet, fresh baked bread. Pepper, honey, some iodine. Nice fig and apple note, blending well with an ashiness and dead sea things.

Taste: Thin but no heat. More fresh baked bread, honey, apples, and a mild hit of iodine, ash and burning wood.

Finish: Long, no heat again. Sweet, some honey, almond, light pepper. The peat is strongest here, with an ashy iodine heavy finish that lasts a while.

Overall: While interesting, this wasn’t particularly great in any way. I appreciate that it was unique, but even when it was deeply discounted locally…I didn’t feel a need to pick another up. I think that speaks for itself. I’d try it if you can, but one was good for me.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5

9 Most Recent Glenrothes Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


  1. Dean

    Thanks for this review. I shall be on the lookout for this one but I’m a smaller bottle. I kind of find the same thing with Glenrothes spirits at the 40% ABV level. Great to get a cheap price and only have once. It isn’t something to stock up on or enjoy over and over. I think their higher ABV offerings are the way to go.

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