Overall rating
Single Malt
Alambic Classique (AC)
Bottling serie
Rare & Old Selection
Stated Age
30 years old
Oloroso Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
61.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Apr 2020 1:51 pm by n1k0n
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 694.50

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1990 AC

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.55 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A 30 year old Glenrothes from a sherry cask. The expectations were high, unfortunately they were not fully met ... The nose disappointed on the whole level, the dominant sulfur note unfortunately masked the other flavors. I tried everything, wait 20 minutes and let the noble fabric breathe, here the dominant sulfur withdraws a little. In my opinion, another 20 minutes of "waiting time" and playing with water are useless. The taste of the Glenrothes is another house number. Although a note of sulfur also dominates here, luckily sticky sweetness, chocolate and dark fruit flavors gain the upper hand and harmonize perfectly with the peppery spiciness. I like the aftertaste the best! Leather, wonderful tobacco and intense hazelnuts reconcile me towards the end. Unfortunately, the whole 4cl sample fell victim to playing with water and the waiting time to breathe, so I tend benevolently to 89 points after today's one-hour tasting. The in my opinion too dominant and intense sulfur in the nose and taste do not allow me a higher score.

    22/22/23/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Cloudy copper shimmers orange in the glass while on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter thick and oily "legs" pull their endless tracks back into the glass. Dried grapes and sweet berries rise clumsily from the glass, a pleasant sulfur scent immediately becomes noticeable, but this changes at the same time, becomes "really dirty" and for me extremely borderline. Wetness, moldy earth, clay and hints of damp leather dominate the nose, sulphurous raisins and dates appear, a touch of menthol releases from the dominant note of sulfur. Wet leather comes up, maybe it's plums? ... maybe sour cherries? I don't know, the dominant sulfur note covers up everything! For 61.7% alcohol content, however, I find the alcohol extremely well and harmoniously integrated, actually it is imperceptible.
      Edit: After about 20 minutes of breathing, creamy vineyard peaches and old apricots come into their own, fortunately the sulfur withdraws a little. Dark plums and juicy plums emerge, old and spicy wood tones come through the nose, there is still a smell of musty sulfur in the air.
      After another 20 minutes (total 40 minutes of standing time), the sulfur comes into its own again, massive and musty, sorry, I don't notice any other flavors apart from sulfur ...
      Edit with a few drops of water: Still musty and intense sulfur, brown sugar, sweet and creamy, minimal oranges, mushy plums and plums, dry wood elements and nuts.
    • Taste
      Dark grapes and berries dominate the first impression, the sulfur note that is already dominant in the nose comes into its own immediately. Caramelized sugar and sweet oranges show up, slowly sticky PX sweetness pushes to the fore and delivers a hard duel with the still present sulfur, chocolate and raisins follow, slowly sharpness sets in and the alcohol makes itself felt with a tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue . Hints of cocoa and chocolate, the pleasant sharpness creeps from the tip of the tongue further into the palate and lines it with cozy warmth.
      Edit: After 20 minutes of breathing there is another sip that looks sweet and creamy, but with musty sulfur in the background. Dark and dried fruits stick sweetly on the palate, gently massaging peppery hotness with chilli the entire tongue, caramel and brown sugar appear. The black pepper sticking on the tongue pulls towards the palate, the alcohol sticks to the palate warm and cozy, hazelnuts appear.
      Edit with a few drops of water: Mild and sweet, creamy PX aromas with sulfurized raisins and dates, the sulfur becomes more pleasant, oranges appear. Creamy chocolate with hints of espresso, crushed pepper and gentle chilli, hazelnuts and spicy wood tones.
    • Finish
      Creamy hazelnuts stick to the palate with raisins and dates, caramelized sugar and hints of chocolate rest on the tongue, dried tobacco leaves stick under the tongue, a hint of leather is added. The aftertaste lingers nuttily on the palate, the wonderful sherry flavors slowly fade and leave a creamy mixture of tobacco, leather and hazelnuts on the tongue.
      Edit with a few drops of water: hardly any changes to before, only the hazelnut aroma looks paler and not as intense.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    666. Anyone who likes the influence of sulfur is in good hands with this barrel. Especially in Germany, the bottling should find many friends, especially since the basic character is fantastic. Unfortunately, the sulfur aromas really spoil my fun.

  3. kwk0809 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    I love old, sherry barrel matured whiskys. At first glance, the Glenrothes 1990, 30 yo, 61.7% from Alambic Classic looks like a dream paint. But the sulphurous nose ruins this whisky for me. At a price of € 300, I can't ignore it. I would rather invest the money in GlenDronach Single Casks or Glenfarclas Family Casks. A pity
    • Nose
      60 60
      Sulfur, sulfur, sulfur. The sulfur dominates the whole glass when nosing. Even with time and water, it cannot be tamed. This affects the other flavors enormously. Raisins, oranges, slightly sour notes of red berries. Everything looks as if the fruits were in the organic bin. Heavy, putrid sweetness, moldy wood. That "kills" the whole whisky for me.
    • Taste
      87 87
      As soon as the Glenrothes wets the tongue, intense sherry aromas emerge. Raisins, bitter oranges, cherries coated with 100% dark chocolate and bathed with espresso. Add to that the sulfur, which gives the sweetness a certain intrusive stickiness. However, I don't find the sulfur on the palate as annoying as in the nose. Now the alcohol is also noticeable.
    • Finish
      91 91
      In the end, the Glenrothes drifts towards its climax. The elegantly bitter notes intensify and last for a long time. Bitter chocolate with nuts, espresso, leather, pipe tobacco and cigar box combine to create a long, delicious finish. If only the rest were just so great ...

  4. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Alcohol nicely integrated. Likes to go swimming, but doesn't need it. Very dark - boiled fruits, chocolate, leather. Zero sulfur for me.

    Too much for me, no sherry whisky that I absolutely need, but definitely delicious.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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