Glenrothes Whisky Maker's Cut

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Soleo Collection
First Fill Sherry Casks
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
14 Sep 2018 10:22 am by Dramned!

Average value

€ 67.47

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes Whisky Maker's Cut

62 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.55 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] Ooops, I did it again and bought a bottle of sherried whisky without trying it before but because Jim scored it 95 points (and he is very sensitive to sulphur) chances are good this is clean stuff...

    ...and it is. This alone is a great achievement in itself (for Glenrothes that often released sulphur-spoiled casks in the past) and I guess sherry whisky lovers will like this very much. It is good to get an impression how paxarette-improved drams tasted in the past (for reasonable bucks) despite I doubt they used paxarette on these casks. To me this dram is a little too simplistic and designed (or in other words: too immature), but this is just my personal taste...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a clean sherry profile that reminds me a little of old paxarette-improved drams. This is dry oloroso at its best with all its sweet fruity and sour winey aromas in an appropriate wooden setting. It is pretty fine but a little simple, to be honest. The malt adds almost nothing to the nose, too bad. After significant breathing time the wood grows stronger while the sherry retreats somewhat, I like the initial nose better.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is flawless and of a delicious oloroso sherry profile with some barley sugary impressions, at least. The wood is stronger than in the nose but there are mostly spices and less tannins, hence it is enjoyable this way. Again, this profile is rather simple but easy quaffable if you like full-throttle-sherried drams.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The dram arrives a little hot on the palate with a warming and peppery mouthfeel and a minor coating effect, only. The finish is rather short and adds some milk chocolatey impressions that are tasty. No bitter-drying moments here what indicates rather short maturation times (hence NAS). Water strenghtens the sherry aromas again both in the nose and on the palate - I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Exactly two years ago, in September 2018, Glenrothes announced that they were abandoning the so-called Vintages. In it’s stead they put out the Soleo Collection with age statement. They now have a 10, 12, 18, 25 and even 40 Year Old. The only exception is this Whisky Maker’s Cut, that is bottled at a slightly higher ABV and matured on sherry casks from Andalusia.

    The nose is very clean and creamy with hints of hazelnut, caramel and blood oranges. Very soft notes of nutmeg and some fresh tea leaves. The wood slowly becomes louder. Far from bad, but nothing spectacular either.

    Oh! I spoke too soon! On the palate, this is a nice flavor bomb. Honeysweet on oloroso and vanilla with a good spiciness. Sweet malt and lots of fruit like raisins, plums and oranges caress the tongue. It’s not the most complex Glenrothes, but it is certainly a very pleasant and quaffable sherry matured malt with some punch.

    In the long, spicy and warm finish it suddently turns quite creamy, making me daydream of a summer holdiday. Soleo, olé!

    Good and very fairly priced (around 50 EUR). Bang for your buck. Thanks, Timon.

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is beautifully sherried with domination of harsh prunes, red berries and raisins along with mild chocolate.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is full-bodied and has a nice sourness of brown raisins, milk chocolate, coffee followed by caramel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium lenght, spicy and has hints of raisins, chocolate and a nice pepperiness on the back.

  4. fnk scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    not really my type of whisky. seems to be like a basic sherry, but not mine ..

  5. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Dark amber color. Whisky is not too oily.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pretty intense, full and rich. Sherry casks influence evident. The fruit, probably not red anymore, but dark. Dried fruit, already quite sweet. Dark raisins. Milk chocolate. Plum in chocolate. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty sweet. Lots of sweet, dried fruit. Raisins, maybe even some dates. Chocolate. Cocoa. Plum in dark chocolate. There is a little bit more bitterness over time. Spices. Cinnamon. Clear oiliness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Spice. Cinnamon. A bit of oak. Cocoa. Dessert chocolate. Slightly warming up. Slightly astringent. Long finish.

  6. Thatch scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I like this whisky! It's not a drop bursting with complexity, but it's still very enjoyable and exciting.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, finest sherry, fine fruit notes and a pleasant acidity.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruity start, surrounded by vanilla and a tingle. It then flows into a pleasant spiciness, the description on the packaging is surprisingly precise.
      Simple, direct, clear, and yet very beguiling.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite simple, sweetness disappears almost completely after a short time. Unfortunately not the strength of this whisky

  7. molpet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very nice sherry NAS whisky bottled at a higher ABV. Not an atom of sulphur in sight (Jim Murray was once again right). Slightly sour, citrus notes, red berries combined with pleasant sweetness - milk chocolate alike. No bitternes. What a success! A very good casks must have been selected for this...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Didths scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Hsh scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    On the 4.05 nose, a bit of a fishy feeling with a tart sherry
    The taste is much brighter. Mint flavor, orange flavor.
    Still, I'm pretty happy with this open.
    The taste and finish are ok, but the scent is so disappointing.


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