“It’s another Wu Dram official right here, y’know.”
You can just ignore my attempt of bringing the Wu-Tang Clan into a review of a Wu Dram Clan release. A review that’s totally unnecessary for you, the reader. Or at least, it is if you were hoping to buy a bottle of the Glenrothes 1986 36 Years. It was only available through the Wu Dram Clan newsletter. And it had an outturn of just 72 bottles to begin with.
Regardless, I don’t like to waste an opportunity to write about good whisky, so here we go.
Glenrothes 1986 36 Years (45.6%, Wu Dram Clan, C#2125)
Nose: Moderate fruits with touches of white wine-poached apples, apricots and juicy pears supported by elegant waxy notes and honeycomb. Just a touch of mead also, a hint of chalk too, as well as some subtle floral notes. Whiffs of breakfast cereals to round things out. Really very lovely indeed. Taste: The palate is more or less a continuation of the nose. A backbone of ripe, sweet fruits with honeyed beeswax, then just a whisper of breakfast tea and a tinge of furniture polish. Finally a whiff of eucalyptus too. Finish: Medium length with a little more oak now, but also coconut and mild citrus fruits.
Very elegant and refined, the oak influence is remarkably mellow – it can't have been a very active cask. Re-re-fill maybe. But it worked out rather brilliantly in the end.