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

€ 64.62

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes Whisky Maker's Cut

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 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. fnk scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    relaxed dram to start the weekend with.
    • Nose
      83 83
      nuts, caramel, ripe fruits, relaxed sherry driven, orange peel, wood spices
    • Taste
      85 85
      sugar sweet, nuts, oranges, marmalade, raisins, quite a step up from the nose!
    • Finish
      83 83
      chocolaty, bit caramel, bit peppery, but not dry at all.

  5. Apikalov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  6. Jolemann scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      very nice sherry nose, vanilla, caramel, orange, oak
    • Taste
      87 87
      full-bodied, vanilla, peach, orange, slightly malty, typical Glenrothes taste not easy to recognize.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, pleasant, fruity, not bitter, no stinging

  7. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. god666 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    quite good Whisky, not very special, but easy to drink, a lot of Sherry breaking through, i miss the typical GlenRothes Character

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Rather a textbook example of a modern sherry whisky, the Glenrothes Whisky Maker's Cut is a little fragile at times but offers some complexity and richness as well.
    • Nose
      Notes of burnt toast, cherry syrup and a touch of copper and baby sick, but also oatmeal cookies. Creamy touches with some walnut skin, caramel and Werther's Original, as well as a touch of marzipan and flaxseed oil.
    • Taste
      Sweet, brown sugar, honey and gentle spices, but also bitter orange peel, and a whiff of fennel and powdered coffee, but also a touch of Earl Grey. No need to add water, as it highlights a dryness and brings out some sour notes.
    • Finish
      Drying and gentle spices with a honey sweetness. Medium.

  10. Oliander scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Fruit bomb! The finest sherry but dry. Delicious.


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