Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
What's in a name? Glenrothes Select Reserve whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Glenrothes Select Reserve whiskey, rather than whisky.
Lots of zesty rich fruit on the nose. Thick Seville marmalade, bubbling on a hot stove with notes of toasted cereals. The palate is silken smooth and utterly supple. Gentle barley whispers sweet nothings to the/its honey. A little vanilla and malt with toasted cereal and sumptuous oak. The finish is long with mocchaccino and barley sweetness.
The nose and palate are quite toffee-y (some caramel and dried apples as well), but at the same time it has that moonshine flavour that is hard to accept. Thus, the balance is a bit off. Too spirity.
21st September 2014
On the nose, very strong vanilla with fruit. On the palate, a fleeting taste of something that reminded me of the smell of baby vomit (of which I've had a fair experience) but that was instantly displaced by something much more pleasant - a fairly complex depth and toasted sweetness that I wasn't expecting, finishing with a tang that I don't recognise (although I have no idea what a mocchaccino is). I generally prefer more peaty darkness and smoke, but this is a perfectly acceptable malt when not indulging in something Cuban (leaf, not heels).
8th July 2014
There are a couple of reasons why i give this whisky such a high rating.
1: Because i think this is by far the best whisky for any beginner, it`s so unbalievable smooth.
2: in the netherlands this is the best value for money you can get, i got this bottle for 26 euro.
3: It`s underated on this website, because some people gave it a half star, that just doesn`t make any sense.
4: I have never had any guest who didn`t like a glass from the select reserve, instead most people love it.
30th June 2014
The scotch that got me into scotch. Amazing for the price, it has the complexities of much more expensive single malts. Great shaped bottle too.
28th June 2014
Surprised at all the bad reviews. At first I didn't like it but by the time I finished the bottle I wad in love. It's different than most but I think it's better than most esp in the 55 dollar range. Highly recommended.
24th June 2014
Lovely , same style as Highland park or a pretty standard 12 year but not sure where the pig swill comes from , not top of the bill but certainly hits the mark. Balvenie Doublewood is quite close in flavour but its all down to choice.
28th May 2014
just picked up a bottle at Beverages and More, the sales person said that he has heard good things about the whiskey.
let me tell you..... it's bad enough to drive me to find this site and complain.
Nice packaging, too bad you can't drink that. my advice is pass like the wind it smells like.
10th May 2014
I was recently given this malt as a gift, and had never tried it before. I have been very pleasantly surprised by this Whisky and will certainly purchase it in the future.
As a Comparison I would typically select a Macallan (10 or 12yr old) as that would be my personal favorite until I tried Glenrothes Select Reserve.
29th March 2014
Love the whiskey, love the bottle. Easy drinking. Don't be put off by the lack of age statement.
20th February 2014
Never thought I 'd be disgusted by a single malt. It was nausiating, perhapps it was a bad bottling but I 'm not willing to give it another go.
6th February 2014
Adding a bit of water really opened it up. Smoothed it out and brought out the fruit and sweetness.
23rd January 2014
Had some bad experiences when young with Whisky and was put off for years. Recently went back to try then, buying miniatures and deciding if I need to buy another to check I liked it.
Not this baby. One miniature and one bottle later, loving it.
Took me through the bells at New Year.
15th January 2014
This was a Christmas gift from a friend who usually gets me a Glenfidich or Glenmorangie. All I can say is that I am very happy that he came up with something new. This whiskey is a delight to savour and not one to be rushed.
13th January 2014
This was a Christmas gift. Surprised described as smooth. Initial flavors were my liking but quickly reminded me of drinking the kind of scotch most people hate. Will give this away and not buy for myself. Shocked at the price.
8th January 2014
The Flavour and Smells are just Devine. Just sat in front of a Roaring fire,chilling with a Large one, Cheers!
6th January 2014
I was given this Malt for Christmas and loved the smell as I opened the bottle and poured that first glass - excellent
3rd January 2014
I don't normally write reviews here, but I had to for this one. You may be put off by the lack of age statement, the lack of disclosure of the casks they used, and the general lack of marketing and presentation. Don't be. This whisky is no style, but all substance. The complex combination of sweet flavors of flowers, vanilla, and honey is perhaps the best expression of the bourbon aged style I have ever encountered. You may be put off by the price of this generic NAS bottling. Don't be. I got this in a 3-pack with the 1998 Vintage and the 2001 Vintage and this blew the other two out of the water. I'm sorry to gush, but this one is too good to ignore.
24th December 2013
My New Favorite Whiskey... Well Done Guys!!!
24th August 2013
This whisky is rich in flavor, similar to Balvenie Doublewood. I highly recommend it for new malt drinkers or for the more advance as well. Salud mis amigos!
4th August 2013
I love this whisky. It has some complex layers and always brings a smile to my face as I take my first mouthful
2nd March 2013
So smooth and tasteful. I am glad I tasted this whisky. Normale I can't afgord it myself.
15th January 2013
Just got this. Smells amazing. Haven't tried it yet.
12th December 2012
It is very difficult to find single malts in my country (Honduras) but glad this is one of the options.
6th December 2010
Enjoyed it but seems extremely close to the same profile as Glengoyne, Not a bad thing mind you; but grab whichever is cheaper :)
17th September 2010
Nice dram but the price is somewhat demanding for a no age statement whisky.
16th February 2010