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Review: The Glenrothes Alba Reserve

July 21st, 2010

The Glenrothes Alba Reserve, 40%, $60
Matured exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels (American Oak, or Quercus Alba) and no sherry casks (and certified Kosher). It’s a softer, gentler version of Glenrothes. The bourbon oak influence is very evident, showing creamy vanilla and coconut, with additional fruit (orange creamsicle, pineapple, black raspberry, blueberry and gooseberry). Soft, creamy vanilla finish. A pleasant, easy-going, seamless dram—and perhaps the most approachable Glenrothes whisky.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 84

9 Responses to “Review: The Glenrothes Alba Reserve”

  1. Alex says:

    Another NAS offering – I hope it fares better than the Select Reserve with my palette.

  2. brian bradley (brian47126) says:

    IMO, a NAS bottle, with such a score would be a touch more approachable at the $50 price point.

  3. mongo says:

    i tried this at world of whiskies in december. i think i would describe it much as john does but perhaps drop the score a few points.

  4. Mark says:

    Like Alex, I was somewhat disappointed with the Select Reserve. The ’91, on the other hand, is quite pleasant.

  5. mongo says:

    wait: now i’m not sure if it was this or the robur reserve that i tried. i know i tried two reserves, and one of them was the underwhelming select reserve.

  6. two-bit cowboy says:

    While a little high priced for a starter dram, this is a very nice whisky for folks wanting to break into single malt Scotch. Alba has been very popular with our tasters — most folks’ first words relate to its smoothness, it’s an almost dangerous smoothness. Not complex, but nothing offensive. Great as an aperitif.

  7. MrTH says:

    Having lost my taste for sherried whisky, and being curious about the basic Glenrothes character, I’ll look for this. 46% would have been nice.

  8. Red_Arremer says:

    A little bit ago, Glenrothes put out a Kosher whisky. I have a feeling this is it. Does anyone know?

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