This sweltering summer is finally coming to an end, meaning the whisky season is slowly starting again. And so I’m going back to whisky too, because it’s been on the back burner all summer. It also means I will write more reviews again, starting with this Glenrothes 15 year old from Spiritfilled.

Spiritfilled may not ring a bell right away, but the company is originally a broker in cask investments. Last year they introduced their label Mythical Beasts and this Glenrothes 15 years old is the third release in the series. It was fully matured in a 1st fill sherry butt before being bottled at a strength of 55% ABV.

Glenrothes 15 year old tasting notes:

Nose: quite some sherry influence alright, but rather nice. Rich dark chocolate. Dried fruits such as raisins and plums. A good drop of honey but also a touch of balsamic vinegar. Then oranges, followed by a hint of mint.

Taste: more of that nice dark chocolate, something I get very often in Glenrothes by the way. Raisins. Sweet oranges. Roasted coffee beans and tobacco leaves. Followed by warming spices. Black pepper, nutmeg and a hint of cloves.

Finish: long and a bit dry. With a hint of orange liqueur, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

I may not be a fan of cask investment companies or mythical beasts, but I am a fan of this Glenrothes. It’s just lovely. I wasn’t looking forward to trying a sherry bomb now during summer (luckily, it’s a bit cooler today). But it’s delicious, and if you are looking for an excellent sherried whisky, this one is worth a try.

Sample provided by Spirit Services