Glenrothes 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Soleo Collection
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Sep 2018 8:54 am by mandragoru

Average value

€ 46.28

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188 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 12-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.85 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Insanely horny (albeit easier) 12er standard. Very modern and yet unmistakably Glenrothes. For under 40 EUR just top and a buy recommendation if you like it sweet (with spicy twist on the tongue).
    • Nose
      84 84
      Damn sweet (freshly opened Haribo Goldberry wrap), grapes and wet grass, some Oloroso sherry, vanilla, slightly earthy background (with a hint of sulfur), no alcohol and no oak in the nose - sweet and pleasing
    • Taste
      82 82
      Supple but now a little tingling with the alcohol, bright fruits (very fresh), vanilla, dry sherry sweetness (slightly watered Oloroso) and light oak spice (pepper), stronger and spicy than the nose suggests. Surprises something and stands in contrast to the nose and the finish.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Good finish - again dry Oloroso, pepper, bitter oak, a hint of cinnamon. The sweetness rears up again and struggles with the bitterness. Short but very tasty.

  2. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    It slipped past Glendronach 12 as a favorite whisky! Absolutely delicious, intense, complex, uncomplicated and wonderfully balanced.

    Edit: The bottle is empty and I have rarely enjoyed a bottle so much and mourned it so much. The Glenrothes 12 year old Soleo is now my absolute favorite whisky. The whisky is perfectly balanced and at its exact peak of maturity. Extraordinary from my point of view.

  3. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully good PGV dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry, fudge, red and bright fruit. Malt, syrup, herbs and some mint. Sweet and spicy. Oak notes and some tobacco.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly on the tongue. In the taste very pleasant: sherrytönig, spicy, with some oak, coffee, syrup, fruit and caramel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium. Oak, coffee, fudge and some fruit.

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Glenrothes 12 yo Soleo Collection 40%.

    Pale dark golden if that makes sense. There's not a lot of colour saturation, but what's there is dull/dark.

    Aroma is candied, pick 'n' mix bag, slight stove gas, pink mice sweets, slightly vegetal and slightly buttery.

    Taste is light, soft, a little underpowered. Not lacklustre as such - it has just about enough at the abv not to be too flat and watery ... but it's very borderline. Slightest struck match. Faintly buttery. Increasingly peppery. Watery milk with white pepper. Slight oaky bitterness. No heat at all. Any sherry character is subtle. Maybe some lingering charred wood.

    This is fairly disappointing. It's fine, I suppose, but Glenrothes makes some good whisky and I'm not sure they're doing themselves a great service with putting this out as their flagship whisky. Needs some better casks and a better bottling strength. 3.2/77

  5. Jolemann scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, slightly earthy, typical Glenrothes, melon, apples, light sherry scent, vanilla, berries
    • Taste
      86 86
      Malty, earthy, sweet, oily, oak, very mild, dry
    • Finish
      86 86
      rather short, good balance between sweet and dry, fruity, very mild, no bitterness

  6. TsiAI scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Smell: dried fruit, raisin cake, raisins, raspberry ice cream, oak taste: alcohol, oak, honey water, bitter bottom, cranberry biscuit, red berry body: light, astringent Final rhyme: cream, cranberry Dried berries
    Overall: 82/100

  7. leeho scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. d1scostu scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. andy2299 scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    Well, this one is pretty basic, but easy to drink. Smooth and lightweight. The kind of whisky you can drink with your friends who usually drinks beer or vodka whithout regretting wasting the juice. I wouldn't say it is too sweet.
    Nothing to complaint about really, especially considering the pricetag. I wouldn't say it is too sweet. But rating here is a bit high to my oppinion.

  10. lys1 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Plain, uncomplicated, mild and not very memorable. Diluted sweetness, malt and a little spice. There are 12-year-olds in the same price range who did far better than this. This is not something I have come to try hard southern to taste again, and it is certainly not something I will buy.


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