Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Succulent, scintillating, substantial
Stated Age
21 years old
2nd Fill Pedro Ximénez Cask
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2019
Added on
18 Apr 2019 6:46 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 147.42

9 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

89 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 SMWS 30.106

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points

  1. John87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. leeho scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Haha, it seems that something happened to Oloroso in 19, so I will save it with PX in two years, but is it useful?
    • Nose
      A very orthodox one-time selection of wine, prunes, figs, cream sherry, dark rum, chocolate brownie, oyster sauce, orange peel, high sweetness, a little bit of decayed wood, in a flash of three years, I recalled the Glenrothes of Shinanoya Up.
    • Taste
      Like the combination of Macallan and Seal, coffee grounds, 85% black chocolate, caramel, shavings, wood aroma, cinnamon, ginger, sour plum, bitter orange, it tastes without PX, and the extremely high acidity will The final rhyme and body are completely wasted.
      Normal, low fat, sweet, high acid, tannins, astringent, bitter, no spicy.
    • Finish
      Medium length, hand punch, medicinal aroma, raisins, roasted.

  4. robain scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    • Nose
      95 95
      prunes, raisins, figs and sherry - classic sherry type of notes. citrus zest, some oakiness and honey. The conclusion is that its very sweet on the nose.

      Additional notes 2020-05-16: Butter (in fryping pan), caramel, fruit, apricot, daim, burned.
    • Taste
      92 92
      kind of oily and waxy in the mouth - on the first taste its very dry and the intense sherry experience kicks in. The PX cask did its job well, alot of sherry, raisins and sweetness.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Some slight bitter oak in the background wich alot of sweet figs and vanilla wrapping it up. Very long lasting finish - it almost never ends.

  5. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue Price in May 2019: £ 100.00


  6. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good nose, and great taste. Would have given it 90 points if it was not for the slight sulfer notes in the finish. Have to add that I have sulpher when almost nobody does, so I might be a little sensitive to that!

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Nergal did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes: On the nose neat bags of prunes, figs and raisins, like a rich dark fruit cake with finely grated lemon and orange zest, plenty of brandy and/or dark rum. The taste, undiluted, was big, substantial and chewy -
    deeply caramelised burnt sugar toffee with chocolate
    and toasted walnuts. When we added water the aroma of sweet succulent sultanas alternated with a slightly burnt spicy gingery note, whilst on the palate a fascinating/scintillating array of flavours like, cinnamon, vanilla and eucalyptus and in the never-ending finish chocolate covered Macadamia nuts. After nineteen years in an ex-Oloroso butt we transferred this whisky into a 2nd fill PX butt.


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