Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Last Drop Distillers
Score: 96 points
In 2020, The Last Drop bottled three nearly identical casks of 1970 Glenrothes as single-cask bottlings, and if you’re fortunate enough to taste more than one, it’s a way to see that each cask of whisky has its own individual character. The ex-Bourbon barrels were numbered #10586, #10588, and #10589, and were kept together throughout their entire maturation period while intended for blending use at some point before they wound up with The Last Drop’s team.
Cask #10589 has a nose that reminds me of smoky, wet campfire wood along with vanilla, cooked bananas, a hint of sandalwood, and touches of dried fruits. The taste is fruity and vibrant on top with fresh berries and tropical fruits. However, there’s a dark undertone of oakiness and smoke balanced by gentle spices underneath that makes this single malt delightfully complex. The finish is very long with gentle spices and touches of fruit and smoke. Outstanding! (June, 2020)