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Review: The Glenrothes “John Ramsay Legacy”

January 18th, 2011

The Glenrothes “John Ramsay,” 46.7%, $1,000

Made from whisky aged in second fill American oak sherry casks, distilled between 1973 to 1987. Richly malty, with honeyed citrus, juicy oak, chocolate fudge, and nougat. More subtle floral notes, licorice (red and black), ginger, and chamomile tea. Polished oak on the finish balances the sweetness. A great whisky to honor a great whisky maker! (Only 200 bottles for the U.S.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93

8 Responses to “Review: The Glenrothes “John Ramsay Legacy””

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    They’re are a lot of us who’ve been waiting a while for a new nicely sherried ‘Rothes– And an interesting choice with the apv (hard to believe that’s cask strength considering it might have a lot of 23 yo whisky in it). Too bad it’s super premium, but it sounds great.

  2. lawschooldrunk says:

    A little unsolicited and warm-hearted advertising:

    Bayway world of liquor in elizabeth, NJ claims to have the lowest price in the USA for this product, at $799.99. Investigate for yourself here:

    Too expensive for me, though.

    • John Hansell says:

      Thanks for the tip. Pat, the whisky guru at Bayway, is a really nice guy and knows his whisky.

      • lawschooldrunk says:

        Yeah, I went in twice last week and it seems he is on vacation in Hawaii. No one else could tell me which malts are used in the Lombard pure malts. They have two nice ones there.

    • Gal Granov says:

      I was fortunate enough to have sampled this one at the Glenrothes tasting event in Tel-Aviv a few months ago (a very detailed post with tasting notes was published on whisky israel, google it).
      it’s a gorgoues dram, but i do think overpriced.
      lovely, but u can get rotheses which are better for less.

  3. Tom Troland says:

    Reading this and other recent reviews of grotesquely overpriced (and largely unobtainable) Scotch and Irish whiskeys makes me feel all the more fortunate to live in Kentucky. Here (and in many other places), you can buy a first class bourbon whiskey for $20-$30. Even bourbons selling for close to $10 are often very good (e.g. McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand from Buffalo Trace). Some folks, it appears, just can’t enjoy a bottle of whiskey unless they have paid hundreds of dollars for it or more. Glad I’m not one of them. And as for reading the reviews of ultra expensive whiskeys, it’s a bit like reading a description of a painting you will never see (even in reproduction) – intellectually interesting, perhaps, but ultimately unsatisfying.

  4. Texas says:

    $1,000 is getting pretty insane. I find it interesting that Serge has a post this AM where talks about how malt lovers are turning to rum, armagnac, tequila..etc because the cost of single malts is getting so high. And this in Europe, where they pay far less for single malts than we do in the U.S. That’s why I have turned more and more to bourbon and rye myself.

    So I think maybe Serge’s post indicates that things may begin to turn and the industry will have to stop selling itself as a high-end niche market.

  5. patrick says:

    I really enjoyed the John Ramsay Glenrothes too, but as mentioned by a few guys above, the price is not really justified.

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