Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 395.59

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64 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 MMcK

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.40 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. ldcsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    It's sherry bomb.
    But it's too woody to me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. chunmc scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Like old sherry vintage.

  5. SpiritLover1291 scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    Aroma: Dark and intense, alcohol is prominent. Closed up.
    With Water: Menthol, prunes, conserved fruits. Rather a modern sherry profile (seasoned sherry). Leather and strong wood notes.

    Taste: Strong stuff. Water is neaded. Burned caramel, menthol, earthy, prunes, dates. Fresh oak is prominent. Feels like a re-racking into fresh oak casks.

    Finish: Not that long, with burnt caramel

    I had high expectations because i tried the 1989/2014 Glenrothes of MMcK. But this was a whole different generation of sherry casks I suppose. Even after decanting and waiting for months, it didn't improve so much. Nothing wrong with that, if you are into sherrybombs with heavy fresh wood notes, this is for you. And don't pay 300.- for it, it's not worth this price.
    I use the rest of the bottle for blending up a slightly undermatured Bowmore.
    It worked realy well...

  6. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Black Gold - a fitting name for the heavy dark color of this Glenrothes. Without adding water, the alcohol squeezes tremendously, I recommend very small sips - because without adding water, the whisky shows its best side: wonderfully complex, dark-fruity and spicy chocolate to the long finish - great. The more water you add, the more the wort or oak dominates without sliding into the bitter, you have to like. I like the black gold best pure.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert 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

  9. 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


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