Glenrothes 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Second Edition
Calculated age
27 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead + Refill Sherry Butt
44.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
approved 5/1/16
Added on
27 jul 2018 8:08 pm by ZwiJo

Average value

€ 366.34

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53 × member ratings

156 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1988

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.59 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable - compared to the first edition bottled 2011 this one has a longer finish and a bit more punch (a bit higher abv) but probably a little bit less fruity and more dry on the palate (and hints of leather)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Acacia honey, red berries, candied fruits, whiffs of leather
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, oily, fruity, good sweetness, fine notes of sherry wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, still fruity, not drying

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

    A wonderful old-school sherried dram. In addition to the classic sherry aromas and dark, jammy fruits, the fresh, slightly acidic notes of blackcurrants provide a lively counterpoint, wrapped in a wonderful spiciness. Very harmonious and wonderfully balanced. Nothing dominates, nothing disturbs. This is the way whisky must taste, at least for me.
    • Nose
      First of all, lots of sherry on the nose, accompanied by fruit cake, orange peel and a hint of baked apples. This is accompanied by somewhat fresher fruit notes of blackcurrants and dark elderberry. In the background, spicy notes of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and a whiff of sulphur resonate. Very enticing!
    • Taste
      Creamy, fruity, almost jammy on the palate with dark fruits, berry compote and oranges. This is accompanied by a slightly warming spiciness consisting of nutmeg, oak and some cinnamon. Fresh and slightly acidic notes of blackcurrant nicely linger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long lasting, mouth-filling and initially creamy with sticky fruit. Then it moves on to dry notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, leather, some tobacco leaves and a touch of oak.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, this single malt becomes more lively on the nose with oranges, sherry, dates and a touch of cinnamon. Delightfully sweet on the palate with old-style sherry, orange marmalade and dark berry fruits, together with fresh blackcurrants. The finish is of medium length with creamy milk chocolate as well as notes of nutmeg and some dry oak.

  4. Simon Stood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


  5. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


  6. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. The_Independent scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, this bottling can not match the predecessor from 2016. Overall "good", but in my opinion too expensive.

    - in direct comparison with Glenrothes Second Edition 1988-2016 -
    • Nose
      Sweet, creamy sherry, caramel, vanilla, very well integrated alcohol.
      In the background there are umami notes and gunpowder - I can make out a slight sulfuric touch.
    • Taste
      First, woody and bitter oak, then comes a light sherry sweetness, maybe a bit salty - and again the slight sulfur.
    • Finish
      Dominated by distinct bitterness - espresso, oak and some salt again.

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite shallow on the palate, lack of complexity, a little bit oaky as well
    • Nose
      Old leather, shy and damp sherry, creamy
    • Taste
      Leather and dates, quite bitter, prunes and raisins
    • Finish
      Short-medium, sherry and leathers


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