Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
20 years old
3x Butts
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Mar 2018 9:38 am by mullos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 120.50

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146 × member ratings

204 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 CA

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.29 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sherry matured Glenrothes rarely disappoints, an neither does this one. Don't be scared to play around with water, it can take it.
    • Nose
      Roasted peanuts with dark caramel and luscious red fruit, as well as cocoa powder. There's a hint of leather here too, with just a touch of mint.
    • Taste
      The roasted peanut skins make an encore, but there's also mocha, dark coffee and burned caramel, as well as polished leather. Quite aggressive, and fairly spicy. There's some chili and ginger, but also faint notes of cherry syrup.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, before settling into a sweeter territory. Long.

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Discreet Sherry, very Speyside. Golden cereals, burnt wood. But also a concern in the integration of alcohol.
      Sage, rather small.
      With water, caramelized hazelnuts, which brings a hint of gluttony, but without leaving the overall profile of this relative austerity, or without making it completely take off.
    • Taste
      Sherry, very spicy, the whole lack of balance.
      With water, sweeter, rich, fleshy, but also delicate. Very nice range of spices, in the precision, with a little dust.
    • Finish
      Sweet bitter. Spicy persistence on clove.
      With water, voluminous, on spices, fragrant, with herbs, it detonates!
      Sticky texture in length.

      Nose 3/5
      Mouth 2/5 (4/5 with water)
      Final 3/5 (4/5 with water)

      Whisky n ° 2072

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    20-year-old Cadenhead finish in sherry
    • Nose
      caramelized and spicy sweetness
      leather, dust, dried herbs
      a typical sherry side with cooked grapes
      a little chocolate
    • Taste
      cooked fruits and very sweet confits,
      stubborn woody, kind chopped chips,
      the leather is present, polished, shiny
      oozing nuts with melted chocolate on
      back spicy and caramelized, and buttered slightly
    • Finish
      softness of wood, leather,
      cooked fruits (raisin and musty, banana, cooked apple) and its syrup!
      long enough!

  5. eNZzo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  6. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A spicy profile, not really my kind of dram however you can't deny its quality. Very Tamdhu-esque with the toffee/butterscotch notes. The thing that kills the all-in-all balance of this whisky is the enormous wood influence. Not the sherry, but the oak indeed. It also has a sourness on the palate that is a little out of place. Ah well. It is not unpleasant at all just not my style!
    • Nose
      The Oloroso for sure made its mark on this one. Spicy, herbal and sour with just enough fruits and sweetness for balance. This almost leans towards an exotic intensity with pear, orange peel, raisin, cranberry, banana, fig and coconut. A wave of milk chocolate, butterscotch, apple pie, Nutella and Snickers bar thereafter. Then there's this spicy and herbal side I told you earlier: vanilla, thyme, ginger, roasted nuts, paprika, pencil shaving and a hint of French mustard. Very strong chocolate on the nose and that's always a plus. Sherried Tamdhu has a similar, creamy profile.
    • Taste
      Feels thick and oily. Fairly rough on the alcohol and a lot of spice and wood as expected. The fruits are less intense with sour apple, blood orange, fig, plum and a hint of coconut milk. After that assorted chocolate, toffee, sultana and cherry bonbon. Almond, ginger, pepper, mint, oak tannin, shoe polish and a tiny gunpowder-like sulphur note round things off. Goes in the same general direction of the nose, dry and chocolatey. Wood spice is taking up a very big fraction of the taste though, I strongly recommend adding water to this dram. It can make a few points difference!
    • Finish
      A lovely long finish, chocolate galore again. Some peanut, grain cereal and smoke too.

  7. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Slightly brutal sherry, like drinking alcohol ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Joschbert scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For less than 100 € good PLV
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice, modern wood and leather aromas. Very earthy.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nutty sherry notes, polish, the alcohol is a bit annoying without water. Nice intensity. I lack fruit aromas.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dark chocolate, now a little stone fruit (plum / apricot), walnut, long

  9. thatfamousgrouse scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: Floral bordering on soapy, with a thick backdrop of wet forest. Mineral lemon, raspberry, toffee, galette des rois (almond pastry), salted peanuts, and a hint of cardamom.

    Palate: Slightly more fruity, with figs and dates, and sweet lemon. Remains quite floral and earthy with damp cedar, peanuts & toffee. Sharp spice is creeping in.

    Finish: Fades with heavy spice and hints of Raspberry and lemon. Almost smoky.

    Score: B+ (87 if you must); Clearly not what one might expect from 20 years in sherry butts, though with Cadenhead you should expect the occasional curveball. Savory and nutty and not at all shy. Almost tastes like an unpeated Bowmore. Very good but not an all-timer.

  10. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Dessert Winter Whisky
    • Nose
      saturated sherry malt, dessert, pastry shop, smoked plum and raisins, some tobacco
    • Taste
      dessert, spices and raisins in oil
    • Finish
      tobacco, dry wood and some spices


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