If you’re going to throw down considerable coin for a bottle of Scotch, it had better be really good Scotch. Glenrothes Vintage 1995 is everything that good Scotch should be. The 16-year-old single malt—bottled last year—might not be old enough to get into bars yet, but that won’t stop you from wanting to spend some quality time with it.
Glenrothes Vinage 1995 comes in a simple but attractive bottle that looks like something a medieval apothecary might use to store a curative potion. Which is exactly what this beverage is. Bring a glass up to your nose and you’ll detect a winey scent, followed by notes of butterscotch or honey. Any guy who dares mix it doesn’t know what he’s missing, and we would strongly advise against even putting it on ice.
Which brings us to the most important part—the taste. As you might guess, it’s on the sweeter side, but think the sweetness of a cashew nut rather than the sticky caramel sweetness of cheap Bourbon. Whether you’re a Scotch fanatic or a fresh-faced rookie to the spirit, you won’t be disappointed. Tonight just happens to be Burns night, a sort of unofficial Scottish national holiday, so it’s the perfect time to grab a bottle. Find a local spot that stocks it here or order for £45 (about $70) here.
BONUS: Want to witness the history and beauty of The Glenrothes and get an inside look at the distillery? Check out the video below. Also included are details on how you can win a trip to Scotland (Scotland!) to make The Glenrothes Vintage 2012 (deadline Jan. 31).