Colour: Like varnished pine timber floorboards.
Nose: Straw and malt notes, nothing too spectacular here though.
Palate: Soft nondescript entry. Very soft honey notes. Like most Scots, a little nutty.
Finish: Gentle tingle builds on the lips, but quickly fades. Honied cereal notes in the fade. Quite short in length.
1998 The Glenrothes Single Malt. Speyside, Scotland. ABV: 43.00%.
Colour: Orange gold.
Nose: Oak and vanilla.
Palate: Fuller flavour than the 1995, much richer. Oak, syrupy dried fruit, oily mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium length, some sweet buttery toffee notes linger.
Overall comments: For me the 1998 was much better than the 1995, which for some may be a little surprising given the 1998 is three years younger (both were bottled in 2012). It just goes to show that older doesn’t necessarily equal better, even from the same distillery! The 1998 has a lot more depth of character; the 1995 is just a bit too insipid and characterless for my liking.