Overall rating
Single Malt
Morrison and MacKay (MMcK)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr - Celebration of the Cask - Black Gold
Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Jul 2019 8:47 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 252,37

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 MMcK

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points

  1. didi1893 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A dreamy dark sherry filling! Multi-layered and changeable, maybe this Glenrothes seems a little overloaded and "inflated" here and there. The interplay of sweetness, fruit and tart, dark wood tones makes these Glenrothes a taste experience. I like and taste very good!

    23/23/22/23 (91P)
    • Nose
      Gloomy and dark rusty, the Glenrothes shines in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall extremely oily legs pull their viscous webs back into the glass. Velvety vineyard peaches fuse with the rubbing of old orange peel and caramelized sugar to create an intense dark sherry nose. Raisins and dates, sour cherries and tart oak tones, hints of wet leather, furniture polish and glaze make the heart of every sherry tune beat faster. Dried raisins mix with roasted hazelnuts, and dates and sugar beet dissolve subtle citrus fruits and old mint. Gorgeous!
    • Taste
      The first sip flows dry and almost biting on the tongue. Dark wood tones mix with minimal roasted aromas and subtle sharpness, zests of dried oranges stick dry on the palate, the entire mouth area is dry and flooded with tart oak. Suddenly the saliva is stimulated, sweet caramel and sun-ripened raisins exude their sweet aroma. The second sip looks dry and dry at first, furniture polish and glaze send greetings, a pinch of white pepper and a salt coat are discreetly wrapped around the tongue. Mint and menthol refresh the palate, meadow herbs and spices leave a dominant note on the tongue.
    • Finish
      There is still a bit of wooden spiciness on the palate, dark and dried fruit aromas stick to the inside of the cheeks, roasted nuts and a minimal smoke note stimulate the flow of saliva again. Sour cherries fall into dark chocolate, again a voluminous herbal and spice note is shown.

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Glenrothes 1997/2016 46% IN WID: 84872 Vs. Glenrothes 1997/2017 50.3% VK WID: 92950 Vs. Glenrothes 1997/2017 51.8% WD WID: 122029 Vs. Glenrothes 1997/2017 53.6% Sb WID: 99301 Vs. Glenrothes 1997/2019 58,7% MMck WID: 135460

    Since they are all relatively similar, there are no short notes, just brief impressions.

    The IM is - as expected - a beautiful Sherrymalt. Tart-sour with sweetness. Dark sherry, tobacco, leather, oak, etc. In the mouth slightly oaky than in the nose and not quite so full.

    Compared to the IM, the UK is still ticking dark fruit (plum jam), sweeter and more intense. Overall, just a little shovel better.

    Immediately after pouring the WD is somewhat alcoholic compared to the previously tasted malts. Of course, only relatively. But that's gone after a few minutes. Then the WD is berry fruitier and a bit more acidic compared to the UK. There is also a certain freshness that I did not have with the UK. Overall, I like the UK probably a little better than the WD. The UK looks a bit more set.

    The SB needs a few minutes in the glass. A little less fresh than the WD, but somehow less rich. Especially in the mouth. In addition, clearly the bitterest so far.

    The MMck also needs time and additional water. But the malt is a little too much sherry for me. Of course, all previously tasted Glenrothes are properly charged. Here it is still something more. But still delicious.

    My ranking (not so easy):

    1st VK. Probably the most "homogeneous" (relatively speaking) malt. Of course neat sherry, but the overall picture fits well. Somehow more mature than the others.

    2. WD. A little more freshness and acidity than the UK. Which is interesting too. Compared to the UK but lacks a little authority.

    3. MMck. Hard for me on the border for more sherry than whisky. By the age and because it's Glenrothes, it's still delicious.

    4. IM. Compared to the other Rothes he has clearly "less" sherry. No negative point. However, he naturally has less power than the other malts.

    5. Sb. The bitterest of them all. Which is not bad at first. I do not like the kind of bitterness.

    Only briefly noted. They all liked me.

  3. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Real sherry bomb, raisin syrup, prunes, nuts, deep ..
    • Taste
      90 90
      Raisin syrup, nuts, slightly oily
    • Finish
      87 87
      relatively short and mild

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Pretty good and drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dried fruits, prunes, plums, rhum raisins, hints of acacia honey, sugar cane, molasses, hints of fresh rubber, spices, nutmeg, sherry wood - really not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Little punchy, creamy, sirupy, sweet, more dried fruits, more rhum soaked fruits, cherries, more spices, cinnamon, hints of solvent and leather
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, warm, sweet, fruity, little bit more leathery notes, some tannins

  5. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Great malt that is clearly dominated by the barrel for me. Very sherry lastig. You have to like it. Definitely needs time and some water.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dark fruits, sherry flavors pure. Slight adhesive note, plus a cooling fresh mint note.
      Forest honey, oranges, figs, raisins, everything present. Everything very close together.
      Certain spicy notes still come through discreetly.
      With a little water, add some red apple and the cooling mint increases. On top of it still wonderful Christmas spices. Great nose !!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark fruits, orange, are paramount.
      Slight note of marzipan. Some spices. Otherwise dark, heavy.
      It takes time. The first was a little too much water. Then everything blurs and the aromas blur. Luckily I had 2 samples. At about 50% it's perfect for me. Everything very harmonious and well integrated.
      It leaves dark chocolate, a few tart notes, plum compote and cherries.
      Tastes really good, but dominated by me to sherry.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length finish, slight bitterness, coffee, dark chocolate. Some of marzipan, cinnamon, cloves remains. Drying.


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