Overall rating
Single Malt
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Joint Bottling with The Whisky Exchange
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
15 Sep 2017 11:16 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 168,42

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71 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 TWA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.51 points

  1. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very lush and bold sherry cask matured Glenrothes! Quite an intense, complex sherried dram, packed full of creamy sweetness and rum soaked fruits. A rich and deep character with a lovely nose and a powerful palate. Multi-layered and nicely balanced with loads of dark fruits, warm spices and a delicate mix of chocolate and tobacco flavours. A grown-up whisky which I prefer to drink neat but which can tolerate a few drops of water, too.

    • Nose
      Oh yes, there's no doubt this is from a sherry cask! Bold, rich and intense sherry backbone with dried fruits, maraschino cherries, prunes, dates, and raisins. Sweet with brown sugar, liquorice, and marzipan, pleasantly mixed with dark chocolate, coffee and tender notes of leather in the back. A big nose!
    • Taste
      The palate delivers what the nose promises. Rich, sweet and creamy, even sticky notes of sherry, dark ripe fruits, cherries, raisins, and prunes. This is complemented by a nicely warming spiciness of cinnamon, cardamom, oak and subtle black pepper. Stays sweet with Demerara sugar and rum flavours. Subtle chocolate coated coffee beans and a hint of balsamic vinegar towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is pleasantly long and warming. Now more spicy notes arrive with leather, tobacco leaves and cigar box, followed by dry oak, burnt caramel, and coffee beans. Happily, the delicate sweetness returns with a wee creamy touch of dark fruit jam on the tail.

      With water: There's almost no change on the nose when a splash of water is added. Despite the heavy sherry load more fruitiness is coming through: fruits soaked in dark rum. On the palate, however, more spices arrive with prickling oak, black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. The sweetness is a bit tamed, while rum soaked fruits and notes of chocolate-coated coffee beans are still present. The finish is long, warm and dry with oak, coffee, tobacco leaves and leather, with a slightly bitter end.

  2. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Dram Brigade did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This is a rich one, strong sherry influence and yet still quite complex. Layer and layer of complexity. All start with sherry, rum soaked dark fruit, followed by dark chocolate, oak, some spice. Its almost like the last Christmas fruit cake it wasnt for all the dark chocolate finishes! Hmm, maybe i should put some chocolate in my next Christmas cake?
    • Nose
      Ahh, release the Sherry! Intense sherry notes all over the place, packed with dark dried fruits, raisin, prunes, dates. Sweet molasses, marzipan lingers around making friends with dark belgium chocolate, coffee. Hmm, add in my dusty leather jacket, some sulfur and mushroom.
    • Taste
      Wooo, taste like the nose! Rich sweetness, sticky Maltose, oily sherry, creamy butterscotch, California prune extract, perfume oak, Columbia coffee with molasses, some peppermint freshness, cinnamon and pepper warming. All finish with bitterness and dryness of dark chocolate. Tons of dark chocolate, love it!
    • Finish
      Long with alot of dark chocolate bitterness, Dark cherry jam and in the middle some mints~ A wee of dry oak and sweet molasses at the very end. 

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    N: Ideal sherry influence that displays complexity with subtlety.
    T: Waxy butterscotch and sweet biscuits lead the charge, followed up by further delights. Much head nodding.
    F: Minstrels and distinctly, [a few] Cadbury’s buttons.
    C: Scrumptious.Scores a B+

  7. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: black cherries, overripe oranges, raisins, boeuf bourguignon, a drop of balsamic vinegar. Many herbs and spices. Lovage, sage and thyme. Leather armchair, a touch of flintstone (not bad imho), an old dusty suitcase, wine cellar, ferns and mosses, mushrooms, rotten leaves in autumn. Taste: More of the same. A deep, rich and complex rockpool of matured sherryness. Meaty, herbal and even a little salty. Thank god, its not too tannic and cloying. A very delicious 'Rothes from a great cask! What's Maccallan anyway? ;)  

  8. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler's Tasting Notes :

    There's no mistaking the fact that this single malt has been aged in sherry casks.

    A deep garnet colour, it exudes rich notes of dried fruits, coffee, spices and toffee.

    On the palate those characteristics are balanced by soft fruit, but this remains a stonking dram with a dense sherry core. 


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