Glenrothes 2006

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
10 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
67.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Abbey Whisky Exclusive - 10th Anniversary Bottling
Added on
20 Oct 2017 10:47 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.48

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 2006

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. seanrussell scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Glenrothes - 10yr - Cask # 5469 - 67.1% - Exclusively bottled to celebrate Abbey Whisky's 10th Anniversary.

    Appearance: Golden pine. Long & speedy oily legs

    Nose: An unadulterated abundance of fireside toffee & runny caramel with a really faint hint of coconut 'bounty bar' at the back. The initial reaction is that if a confectionary made a whisky, this would be it. Once you've stepped out of the sweet shop, there's a tart fruit note, like cherries and rhubarb. In fact, rhubarb and custard sweets really comes through now. Back into the sweet shop we go then ...

    Once the candy-store hit has had its way with you, there's lots of sweet sherry and sticky wine to be had. The whole thing is so luxuriously candied and caramel-infused, you'd be forgiven if you just wanted to smell it for an hour. And that would be easy, as there's very little, if any, alcohol burn on the nose at this bold 67.1% ABV. I'll try not to use the phrase Xmas cake, so I'll say rich and moist Dundee Cake instead and be done with it.

    Palate: Sweetness is so in your face it's ridiculous. Fire cracker caramel that's been laced with popping candy coats the whole mouth, tattoos the tongue, and leaves a sweet and oily layer that drapes itself over everything. This is a whisky for people with a sweet tooth and who like caramel-drenched desserts and sticky toffee pudding.

    No water in my glass by the way - it really doesn't  need it (for me). In fact, the last time I had a whisk(e)y of this strength that didn't need water, was a George T Stagg at almost 70% ABV.  It's all about the flavor here, and the ABV really does not get in the way and ruin it. In fact, the strength seems to provide a great platform for the flavors to roll-up and appear one after the other.

    Finish: Sweet and long. The sweetness fades to a light bitter fizz, and then moves over to a more mellowed burnt-sweetness.  

    Conclusion: Pretty fantastic. Utterly sweet with bold liquid caramel and everything naughty.

    Totally recommended. Be warned though - it's very strong and very drinkable. Just keep an eye on that level in the bottle!

    Selected by the Mike "The Cask Whisperer" Sharples at Abbey Whisky, this is one I'll remember, and at under £ 70 for this single cask, I'd give it a Godzilla-sized thumbs-up in the value vs quality stakes. Roarrr.

    Only available on planet Earth at this location: https://www.abbeywhisky.com/glenrothes-10-year-old-2006-single-cask-5469-aw-exclusive-aw02035
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  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Whisky legend Jim McEwan already knew "It's ready when it's ready" ...

    The complete tasting with lots of information and photos can be found here: https://dramned.blog/2017/11/19/glenrothes-2006-single-cask-for-abbey-whisky-671/
    • Nose
      Like opening a fresh shortbread package, buttery and rich notes of vanilla pour in with a touch of salt - so typical of Glenrothes since the late-'80s expansion. Dark creamy salt caramel, cane sugar and lightly roasted hazelnuts underline the sweet and oily-heavy biscuit impression. The longer you sniff, the more sherry aromas develop gradually. First and foremost moist and sweet pipe tobacco, sulphured dried apricots, raisins and spicy prunes. Even after ten years, the oak wood on tap brings with it powerful tart notes, which blend wonderfully into the otherwise rather sweet overall picture. Spices such as cinnamon bark, nutmeg and cloves I perceive discreetly. Despite the over 67% alcohol, there is hardly anything in the nose. Water makes everything a bit milder and rounder without watering down. In the nose of this Glenrothes ever big movie!
    • Taste
      Hot, warm and sweet, the spectacle continues impressively on the palate. Continuing warming ginger sharpness combined with the oily sweet tart notes, rich vanilla and salted butter form the basic structure here. On top of that, very full and spicy aromas from the sherry barrel are built up again without dominating. Light spices, dark dried fruits and raisins here as well. More than in the nose comes here still the primitive Glenrothes kick with its quite earthy-dingy note. Spicy forest honey and slightly astringent malt push even more sweetness forward, clear wood notes of the oak dampen the oncoming panic against tooth decay and bring a nice bitter dryness. With such young whiskys, I am rather reserved with the addition of water, as it is not unusual that unpleasant junk notes are pressed forward, which could not be turned off or aromatically during the short storage, but here, too, only a little water leaves everything beautifully continue to bloom and take the alcohol cutting sharpness.
    • Finish
      In the finish, he pulls despite the relatively young age really long and is still oily and it remains here again especially buttery notes of vanilla, some dark dried fruit, oak and sweet malt.

  3. EJS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Finish too strong without water. With water the finish is more pleasant.
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  4. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thankfully not a completely cask-dominated first-fill bomb but a nicely balanced refill number from an excellent American oak butt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The murderous ABV doesn't show on the nose, which borders on the miraculous. No alcoholic burn, instead plenty of christmas spices, baking dough, almond butter, and the typical Oloroso umami and worn leather. The Glenrothes character comes through with some sour/spicy notes. Water makes it creamier and adds a fragrant floral side. I would bet on this being refill – it's entirely lacking the over-the-top spice and herbal notes that so often betray fresh oak. Really good for the young age.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Swallows water like Pac-Man does pills. Once it's down to a percentage fit for human consumption, you get a lovely refill sherry bottling that doesn't seem *that* much older than its stated age but convinces with an immaculate clean character and a total lack of flaws. Glenrothes can be a bit too much on the spicy side and often lacks fruitiness, but the (well-picked) sherry cask makes up for this inbuilt deficiency with nicely juicy apricot and berry flavors.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Some nice sherry flavors and a pinch of oak spice, but not much else – no wonder at this age.

  5. harriedv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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    • Taste
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  6. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty without water. Rounder with a few drops of water, but I like it better without it. Seanrussell described him very well.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The comparison with the candy store fits very well. Alcohol did not notice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Now the alcohol pushes. Not uncomfortable, but strong.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Delicious finish. Long.

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Gathering 2017. Very rich, but very good.
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  8. pb24pb scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Toffee popcorn, caramel, honey. Layers of sweet stickiness to unravel, the nose for me was the highlight.

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly not a filigree and restrained malt. No kicker. The rather suggests the loud sounds. But he does that really well for his age. But you must not object to the Glenrothes notes, because they are also present here.
    • Nose
      Toffifee. Nougat. Eiskonfekt. Plum cake. Rum raisins. Some wine gum. In addition the Glenrothes muff. A certain cooling note is also present, which is probably due to the high alcohol content. But for this alcohol strength really relatively pleasant.
      With water of course much more set but also fuller.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the alcohol is hidden then not so. Since later, a few drops of water can certainly not hurt. A lot of sweetie. Fudge. Cocoa butter. Biscuit. Fruits cream sweets. Slightly mossy notes. Then sharpness of the alcohol, which neatly rummages on the tongue.
      With water then really caramel. Not just the taste, but also the mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Continue caramel. Add some spicy oak and it gets a bit drier. Modriges wood.

  10. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Rather well made. Glenrothes isn't one of my favourites because of the bread and sulphur notes usually found in their whisky. But this one is quite magnificent.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and laced with red fruits. As usual with Glenrothes there is some bready note here. Although there isn't much sulphur in here, if any. There is really a lot of sweetness in the nose, probably more if diluted a bit.
      With water: More floral notes come up, but yet it stays rather similar.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, powerful and warm. Loads of sherry notes, little leather and dark chocolate notes. And again the clear Glenrothes French bread notes are there too.
      With water: This one becomes more oily and fatty. I really like the mouth feel of this one. Tastewise it all opens up more. Some better red fruit influences and less of the bready notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long length. A true sweet. Not much to add on the taste sensations as in the nose and taste. They just all pass by.
      With water: Pretty similar.


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