Delightful, deep sherry notes pour out of the glass with ripe cherries, boiled strawberries, plum jam, raisins, dates, figs and a strong sweetness. These rather heavy fruit flavors are complemented by sour cherries, juice oranges, a little bit of apricot jam and a dash of lemon juice. This fruit combination is bewitching! The fruitiness combines with a spiciness and aromas of chocolates filled with kirsch and nut chocolate. The chocolate moves more in the whole milk and not in the dark area. I really like the whisky in my nose. Hats off!
The whisky rolls vigorously over the tongue and occupies the entire mouth. A little pepper with a slight ginger spiciness can also be felt on the tongue, the fruits and the heavy sweetness are very dominant and offer the perfect partner for the spicy notes. The chocolate now gets a little darker and merges into the bittersweet area and reminds a little of Mon Cherie, tannins on tap are noticeable with hints of leather and tobacco. The whisky is strong but very easy to drink pure. With a second sip, the peppery and tannins become more intense, but the sweetness and fruitiness ensure that the tart notes get a suitable counterweight. Intense, powerful, full-bodied ... just great! The tobacco and the leather notes are a little too edgy, a light alcohol note comes through after a few sips, the sweetness moves in an area where I would almost speak of "too much of a good thing".
The finish is medium to long with dominant tannins such as leather, tobacco, old wood, somewhat wet forest floor, licorice, the dark chocolate has turned into chocolate-covered coffee beans. These notes are accompanied by a reverberation of dark fruits and heavy sweetness. And that makes the finish very pleasant. I really like it when the tart notes are complemented by heavy fruit notes and sweetness.
Overall, I have to say that I really like the whisky! Those who like intense sherry malt will be satisfied here. He is a little stormy and is not a fan of the fine taste nuances, because what he does, he does with strength. You have to like that, this Glenrothes is certainly not a gentleman.
I give it 89/100 points and for the price of € 100 a purchase recommendation for sherry barrel lovers who love intense flavors.