Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
21 years old
Oloroso Butt
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 feb 2018 5:35 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130.16

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Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1996 MBl

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.53 points.

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A magnificent malt, I like it very much! Wonderful sherry aroma infatuates the nose and the taste buds, the musty and musty notes of sulfur even taste to me and harmonize perfectly with the creamy chocolate and the sweet fruits. Just delicious!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Wonderfully dark amber with a reddish glow, the malt shines in the Premium Snifter. Fruity and musty, the first Nosing a hint of sulfur which is immediately whitewashed by sweet cherries and tangerines. The nose is extremely fruity, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries beguile the nose, creamy milk chocolate and raisins in rum are distributed with hints of cedar and tobacco in the nose. The salivation is stimulated more and more, almonds and hazelnuts are not uninvolved. Juicy tangerines and oranges mix with a few crumbs of sweet tobacco, caramel and toffee are added.
    • Taste
      Sweetness flashes, creamy Vollich chocolate and sweet fruit components leave an oily and greasy film on the tongue while a pinch of white pepper sticks to the palate. Dark caramel melts in creamy milk chocolate, toffee drips on sweet raisins and mandarins. A few drops of rum-pot are distributed under the tongue, and a cozy warmth dresses the palate. From spicy and creamy wood tones dissolves more and more mild pungency, leather and tobacco stick oily between tongue and palate. The mouthfeel reminds me a little bit of a tobacco room or an open humidor.
    • Finish
      Oily and greasy stick leather and tobacco flavors on the palate, slightly musty and musty sulfur comes up and pleases even me (the sulfur haters). Spicy, slightly tart wood elements float in the saliva, just at this moment comes back tobacco and leather to the fore and mixes with chocolate, caramel and oranges to a wonderful aroma.

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  3. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The weirdest thing. I seem to have had this as a blind sample not too long ago and absolutely hated it; my notes basically just scream "SULPHUR".

    This current sample, however, ranges comfortably in the upper 80s, points-wise, with little to no sulphuric impressions.

    How can that be? I can only guess at a case of mislabeled samples or some other mix-up.

    However, when I look at the other reviews, there also seems to be a wide divergence between folks who find no sulphur and others who find this straight-up unpalatable. No idea what's going on here.

    Since I also have no idea which of the two samples I've had actually is the "representative" one, I'm leaving both ratings in here.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Chocolate, caramel fudge, herbal honey, cola, refill Oloroso
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very pleasant drinking strength – plenty of power but no burn. Nicely dense and concentrated mouthfeel. Sweet and chewy initially, getting then more herbal and softly astringent, with a lovely dry cocoa-and-coffee vibe toward the end.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A classic dry Oloroso-style finish. Dark chocolate, espresso laced with cognac, and brandy-soaked raisins. Some acidity, but next to no fruit, which I actually don't even mind in this case. Works a treat.

  4. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Svarttt scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I have to devalue my rating again after the last tasting.
    For the first time in the almost 20 years that I've been drinking whisky, I poured a dram down the drain. For me this is inedible.
    • Nose
      A package of freshly ignited Polish firecrackers overlays all other flavors that can only be guessed at.
    • Taste
    • Finish
      I lit a cigar and poured a large barrel smoky Islay malt. I hope I can get rid of this taste somehow.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [Blind tasting notes]

    Guess: no idea, the sulphur kills everything for me. Glenrothes? Craigellachie? Deanston? (The usual suspects...)
    • Nose
      65 65
      Noticeably dirty, stinky, sulphuric sherry character. Cabbage and geysir gases. No, thanks, this one’s unpalatable for me.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Less extreme than the nose, but still completely swamped by sulphur. The only other things I'm getting are honey and some herbal notes.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Sweet, sherried, sulphuric.

  7. Flou scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    21 years, from the Oloroso sherry barrel, just over 50% alcohol strength ... this combination alone makes the "I have to try" bell ring. The dark color with the slight reddish tinge in light then also ensures the visual enjoyment.

    In the nose I immediately have the dark fruits of the Oloroso sherry barrel with its typical nuances: cherries, raisins, a little blackberry, figs, plus a strong spiciness from the barrel with a hint of cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg. Some acid is added, possibly in the form of sour cherries. There is a little bit of honey above the fruit, the alcohol becomes stronger in the aroma and now sticks a bit in the nose and I imagine a trace of sulfur. Overall a bit out of round.

    In the mouth it has exactly the right power with its 50.5%. Dry, spicy, dark cocoa to coffee, the fruitiness and sweetness lag behind the spices and the oak. Hui ... that's too much for me on the spicy side and too little on the fruity-sweet side. In the end you can feel a little trace of sulfur.

    There remains the dryness in the mouth with a little pepper, slight bitterness and very slight hints of dark fruit and sweetness. The finish is at most medium long, the flavors are gone pretty quickly with me. Only the drought stays long ...

    I was hoping for more fruitiness and sweetness overall. The focus here is on the spiciness and the strong oak. That doesn't have to be bad, but the alcohol isn't really well integrated in my eyes, everything doesn't harmonize as well as hoped, the finish is too short for me.

    For me, that's 86/100 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


    N: Brown sugar candy, strawberries, applesauce, honey, marzipan
    M: Sweet. Custard, cotton candy, honey. No alcohol piercing. Ricolabonbon
    A: Sweet, sweet and yes, sweet
    Conclusion: butal sweet and deliciously tasty. Almost like a liqueur. A whisky for sweetmouths, in that respect he comes across a bit one-dimensional. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and the slightly tart to kräutrige note gives it that extra something. 88+ points
    Tip: Glendronach PX barrel 48%

  9. napets scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    From a blind tasting:

    Class drops. My previous highlight. :) Treasures over 20 years and just under 50% alcohol. 1. Fill Sherry from the Highlands.
    • Nose
      89 89
      When clearing out you will find a very old leather briefcase that exudes a musty leathery scent. That's just my first thought, after the whisky had 20 minutes to breathe.
      So gradually, many nut flavors come. I think of chestnuts and somehow of truffles.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dark fruits from the nose explode in the mouth. Every sip is a true splendor. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the fruit belongs to the show.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long-lasting finish, with the wood notes and leathery taste becoming stronger over time.

  10. Lakerfield scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really enjoyable this one although I'm not always in the mood for a dram like this. The nose starts promising, the palate is the highlight but then the finish.. I've rarely had a finish this dry. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Oloroso dryness but the finish is a little too much for me. Other than that, I haven't encountered any off notes so that's good! No dirty sulphur whatsoever. As I said I would put my money on this being a refill sherry butt, as it leans towards a more oaky, ex-bourbon profile at given times. This way you're getting the best of both worlds as the distillery character isn't completely drowned by the sherry cask. Admitted, I love those dark over-the-top first fill sherrybombs but sometimes you want to have a little balance in your life. This one nails that balance pretty good.
    • Nose
      Obviously sherry, dry and nutty with ripe fruits. An abundance of milk chocolate and raisin, with a whiff of menthol. Butterscotch, salted caramel, jaffa cake, sultana, walnut, vanilla, cranberry, apple, overripe banana, shoe polish, cigar and old leather. Dark, robust and dry at the same time. Even a little perfumy. Pineapple, honey, brown sugar, grain cereal and coconut come looking around the corner after 10 minutes or so. Very yummy nose, not very complex but it feels a little muted somehow. I expected at least a little more intensity at this strength. A few drops of water added some fruits to the nose, that's a good thing. With time this dram makes a remarkable shift. It fades from dry and sherried to a fruity, almost ex-bourbon profile. Oh, and it swings back to the full-on sherried profile again. I would put my money on a refill sherry but. Good balance I have to say.
    • Taste
      Sweeter and more powerful than the nose suggests, with chocolate (dark this time, a little bitter) again as the leading flavour. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Chocolate as mentioned before, spicy oak, caramel sauce, cinnamon, toffee, custard, walnut, candy apple, Seville orange, pear, pineapple juice, varnish, pepper, paprika, salted peanut and the menthol that was very noticeable on the nose is driven back now. Dry but sufficiently sweet palate, with enough spice for a good punch. A little too thin unfortunately.
    • Finish
      Long with sweet fruits (mostly apple), chalky dry and bitter later on.

  11. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and long aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Sherry notes and influences, smell of raisins and cigars .
    • Taste
      Rich and lovely tasteful. Dark chocolate, walnuts, toffee and hot butterscotch sauce.
    • Finish
      Very elegant. Pear sweetness . Spicy notes, apple pie and raisins. Very nice.

  12. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    what a hammer-malt !!, simply awesome !!, the alcohol is well integrated and he never gets too bitter,
    you can add a few drops of water but he does not need it !!
    • Nose
      heavy, gentle oak, sherry, raisins, slightly sweet, red apples, slightly earthy, raspberry becomes stronger, later tobacco and espresso with water: gets sweeter
    • Taste
      Roasted aromas, dark chocolate, dark fruit, light caramel, raisin, spicy oak and oak, slightly bitter with water: oak becomes stronger and slightly dirty
    • Finish
      long Change oak, sweet and bitter, astringent
      no change with water

  13. 2791knarf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89


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