Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Whisky Trail - The Cars
Stated Age
30 years old
46.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Mar 2020 12:06 pm by Rumology.be
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 316.00

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10 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1989 ElD

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Shows real potential on the palate. I don't understand why the finish drops off so much.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning it looks downright apple-fresh and clearly sour. Then comes the oak, and it develops pleasant notes of nutmeg and aromatic tropical woods. After 15 minutes, it has revealed an astonishingly dark-looking side: now leather, liquorice and tobacco are suddenly involved. But the fact that Glenrothes can also offer dark-spicy meaty things with bourbon barrel maturations that you usually get with ex-sherry stuff is nothing new. However, it can neither score with exorbitant fruitiness nor waxiness, which is actually a bit of a shame in this age and barrel combination. Whereby it looks oily: You can roughly imagine what the mouthfeel could be like.
    • Taste
      89 89
      At first it is quite too long in terms of the acid level, so the first "nasal" impression was not entirely misleading. Acid and pepperiness predominate in the first third, but then a wonderful oily, creamy waxiness spreads (aha, there it is!) That lines the entire oral cavity. Classic old bourbon barrel ripening effect, there is nothing to complain about, but a lot to sigh with relish. At this middle to late point in the development of the taste, a ripe fruitiness flashes through (goes into the tropics: guava, passion fruit and melon, roughly), but it stops exactly as soon as you swallow.
    • Finish
      86 86
      More spicy and carried by the wood; reminds me of a mixture of rooibos and black tea with a few restrained bitter notes. No trace of fruit and waxiness, a shame. After a few minutes only tannins and a downright "straw-like" mouthfeel remain. Given the strength, I don't really see any need for water. If you try a few drops anyway, the nose may be slightly more expressive and the pepperiness in the mouth more tamed, but otherwise it doesn't change much (and certainly not the finish).


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