Glenrothes 1996 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
21 years old
3 Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
01.03.18 18/90
Added on
19 apr 2018 12:26 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145.77

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Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1996 CA

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.18 points.

  1. gbb scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. WhiskyResonance scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Tasty dram
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Glenrothes, 15yo + and it starts to get interesting, 20yo+ and it starts to get real good most of the times. So I have high hopes for this 21yo Rothes house malt.
    • Nose
      This is a good but somewhat closed nose. Full flavored and musty. There is very pleasant spiced oak inhere. For a bourbon matured whisky this definitely is on the ripe side of the fruitpalate like ripe apples and peach. Furthermore I get vanilla and dried peel of orange fruits. Although I added some water the nose remains a little shy. It’s like it doesn’t want to reveal it’s full potential.
    • Taste
      Full flavored and fatty but it also has a little lead-like flavor in it which I don’t like. It gets a bit grainy after adding water like in dried bread crumbs.
      Also there is a whiff of chili pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, silky and gentle. First a burst of ripe fruits like pears, peach and mandarins. Secondly some caramel and after that dry/dried spices like cinnamon and ginger take over the grande finale.

      What it is: a good dram which I definitely can appreciate
      What it’s not: buy full bottle material. It’s just not convincing enough in it’s price range.

  4. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    When I tasted a small dram in the Cadenhead shop in Edinburgh some 2 years ago, it immediately drew my attention. This was good, and still is. Whereas the standard range of Glenrothes is not that good, I tasted a few pretty good IB's, especially at higher age and higher abv.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Great fruity bourbon nose. Earthy notes; musty and dusty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Waxy and oily. Musty and earthy notes continue in the taste. Spicy flavors come to the front.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long; a tad bitter and peppery.

  5. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An odd whisky. This is not a suitable drink for a daily dram nor for the faint hearted.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A weird nose. A little metallic, some sweetness, pears, tangerines but overall a bit of damp cellar of old bookshop. With water: not much changes, maybe a little more bread.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A little metallic again. A bit dusty, but behind that there is some vanilla, caramel and fruits. With water: more sawdust, bread and a sour note
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. A bit of a bread like bourbonesk finish. Fades away with some peach notes.
      With water: Not much changes.

  6. RobbievdB did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    When I first had this dram about a little over a months ago, I remembered it more fruity and tropical.. yesterday I poured a 3cl sample. The whole experience was different. Not bad per se, but different. Bouillon, mold, moss and under that some fruits, bitter wood shavings, cracked pepper. I’m not rating it now as I should retaste it, perhaps I ate something that influenced my nose and taste.

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: I swear I smell sulfur... strawberries and cream, cotton candy, old mandarin orange peel, dirty milk chocolate, grease
    T: cherry licorice, creamy, whiff of smoke, bitter chocolate
    F: short flat finish, black licorice, bergamot

    Wow. I could have sworn this was a sherry cask... I maintain I smelled a touch of sulfur, but here we are. Weird one.

  8. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: A savoury-sweet creamy/soft cheesy, slightly salty bourbon number with age - slow yet sure. Seemingly more refined after a flight of five Tormore, though not without a similar malty, coppery sake-ish pong - albeit without the bready notes.  
    T: More slow yet sure ageing signs and again, cream cheese - this time as a mouthfeel. The creaking bourbon oak shows thereafter, promoting a firm bitter-sour fungal creaminess. Gets a bit more lively/spicy with water, so here, drinking neat worked out best.
    F: Firm woody sweet<sour with a damp/fungal sour depth and straight old charred oak. A putrid note at the death. 
    C: Being a touch sluggish perhaps, this is a decent enough performer without theatrics. The John Higgins of whisky perhaps.Scores a B-


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