Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
whic - Whiskycircle (whic)
Bottling serie
Amazing Whiskies
Stated Age
22 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jun 2020 11:20 am by Totoro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.90

17 × in wishlist

57 × member ratings

130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 22-year-old whic

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.73 points

  1. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very disappointing whisky.
    The balance between sherry, spice and sweetness is not given at all.

    Whic is talking about what is probably the best bottling they have ever released, which is absolute curd cheese. 150 euros is far too much; there are clearly better whiskys.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice, heavy sherry nose, no trace of sulfur or other disruptive elements. Tart, dark, leathery, spicy. On the palate - and especially at the end of the taste development - then unusually "fresh" and snappy, with suboptimally integrated alcohol. I would still not add water; then he increasingly disintegrates. The finish is really nice.
    Everything is very coffee and cocoa-heavy and therefore also very pleasing, but overall much too expensive for what is on offer - not to mention the over-the-top marketing strategy and the sparse information about the filling date etc.

    PS It's also nice that I didn't get a second bottle for my bottle division, but some Hansel is already offering bottling here with a surcharge of 70 euros in the marketplace. May he sit on it forever.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The marketing company writes:

    "Awesome find after 22 years of sherry barrel maturation - coffee, leather & dark fruits will amaze you.

    Dark Sherry Bomb: A Dark Sherry Flavor Chases The Next! Sweet dates are followed by dark chocolate, coffee and leather.

    Amazing Whisky: This creamy Glenrothes marks the glorious start of Whic's Amazing Whiskys series. Pure whisky madness in 30 episodes.

    22-year-old whisky miracle: the whisky matured in an active sherry barrel for over two decades. Look forward to a true aroma spectacle.

    270 extraordinary bottles: Get a bottle of this limited sherry sensation today. It's best to strike right away.

    Sensational cask strength: This full-bodied whisky was bottled with a breathtaking 58.8% vol. So, despite its velvety texture, it really has a punch!

    Aroma: Decadent hits it in one word. Sweet, overripe fruits herald the sherry flavors. Very sweet dried fruits can be caught. But heavy chocolate aromas appear much more powerful. In the form of dark chocolate truffles and creamy chocolate mousse. Spicy oak notes are picking up speed. Aromatic pipe tobacco and old leather remind us of the advanced age of this noble drop. Very round, just wonderful!

    Taste: Dark chocolate, sweet espresso and sugary dates roll right over the tongue of a sherry steam hammer. What remains is a slightly peppery tingle. Nevertheless, the whisky is surprisingly mild for 58.8% vol. It is reminiscent of old cognac, which is enjoyed in the solid leather wing chair. Full-bodied, warm and lush. Perfect for the whisky detective agency.

    Aftertaste: Long-lasting, pleasantly sweet and warm. The embrace of a Spanish summer evening. Lovely. "

    Has anyone ever described their whisky better and more cautiously? Amazing ...

  4. Najzero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Ah, me and my impulsive buying disorder...

    I placed my order before I saw it is the most likely the release of SV during last christmas.

    Is it okay for the money involved (150€)?: in a way
    Should I have bought the SV Whisky instead: yes.

    Like the others have written, it is on the bitter side.
    Nose: superb
    First Mouth: superb
    Finish: turns dry and bitter
    Second Sip: very medicore.

    So, this is not a bad whisky, it's just... not the right time for a drop like that when the rest of the cask is still available and is more closely priced to what its worth.

    But dang, I just fell for that marketing thingy (used to collect comics before that whisky obsession hit me)

  5. Hemdl did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Same barrel


  6. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    There was a lot of discussion about this whisky on some platforms. It appears that this is the other half on tap that Signatory released half a year ago. I do not want to go into this topic at all, I was annoyed about the whole way of presenting the product and now I want to leave it behind and concentrate purely on what the whisky has to offer me.

    I let the whisky breathe for 10 minutes and enjoy the beautiful color with which the Glenrothes lies in my glass. Like dark amber that has got a brown cast. But curiosity doesn't overwhelm me now!

    The whisky is initially somewhat closed in the nose. The strong sherry aromas that remind of raisins, dates and plums do not jump into your nose. At the beginning I am rather irritated, the aroma is different than I am used to from most sherry cask whiskys. Dark, tart chocolate sprinkled with pepper dominates the play of flavors in the nose with a fruit filling that goes in the direction of cherry, date and raisin. The fruit filling is rather subtle compared to the strong chocolate note, which gives a strong feeling of dryness. The tannins on tap with lots of wood, leather, tobacco and forest floor are now being added to the chocolate. Every now and then the alcohol flashes through, but it is well integrated for 58.8% alcohol content. Somehow I can not quite agree with the praise of some reviewers. Too much wood, too much peppery, dark chocolate, too dry and too little fruit ... for me the balance between the fruitiness and the tart notes is wrong. And I hardly have a nice sweetness that combines with heavy fruit flavors. A subtle sweetness is noticeable, but for me it cannot prevail against the force of the tannins. In some places I make myself aware of a note of sulfur, after 2-3 sips there is a slight association of fermented apples. But both are so subtle that I cannot perceive these aromas all the time, but they are always present for a short time when smelling for a long time. Or maybe my head cinema is going crazy.

    The Glenrothes is incredibly strong in the mouth, my dear man! Peppery it tickles the tongue and a sour note is present for a very short moment. Difficult to describe what that reminds me of. The dark chocolate now lines the mouth, mixed with boiled dark fruits with dates, raisins, a little plum jam and a lot of pepper on top. The chocolate gradually turns into coffee, the tannins have taken a fancy to set the tone and now show who the boss is in the mouth. Peppery, tart, almost becoming slightly bitter ... with tobacco and old leather. The first sip I had the impression of feeling sulfur notes, but after that it was no longer reproducible. Just like in the nose, I lack a balance of the individual notes.

    The finish is medium to long. Pepper, wood, tobacco, leather, coffee ... it is bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a slight sweetness resonate all the time, but leave the stage to the spicy-tart notes. The mouth becomes dry, the tannins remain on the palate for a long time.

    Well what can I say? Fortunately, whisky is always a matter of taste and this time I have to say that my taste was not quite met. Overall, the whisky is much too much on the dry, dry side. That would not be bad if the dark fruits and a heavy sweetness were strong enough to create a balance. But this was more like the boxing match Klitschko against Schulz ... the excessive imbalance is not mine. Still, I have to say that the whisky has its qualities! I have never had such a strong chocolate note. If you like spicy and dry sherry barrel whiskys, you can definitely enjoy it here.

    I give it 87/100 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. StephanB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    With a lot of tam-tam and superlatives, collectible whisky advertised. In my view, too expensive.

  8. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A well-matured single malt from a sherry butt. No sherry bomb, but the result of over two decades of harmony between distillery character and oak wood. Hilarious fruit aromas mingle with dark chocolate, tobacco and spices to create a harmony of the senses. It is not surprising that this drop was sold out shortly after its release.

    I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Typical aromas of a well-matured whisky from a sherry cask: old sherry, dates, raisins and chocolate coated brandy beans. Behind this are notes of old leather, tobacco leaf and fruity orange covered in dark chocolate, followed by a few spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, oak and a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      A powerful attack on the palate, where the high alcohol content is noticeable. Warming and sweetish with dates, complex fruit aromas, chocolate, tobacco notes and bitter orange peel. Becomes peppery with slightly bitter dark chocolate and a little dry oak.
    • Finish
      The finish shows a medium length with sticky fruit and some spices. Becomes increasingly dry with oak spice and a hint of tobacco.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, more freshness on the nose with less sherry, but more spicy notes of nutmeg, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and a touch of orange. Prickling and also clearly spicier on the palate and slightly warming. Bitter orange with dark chocolate and clearly more dry oak. The finish is still of medium length with a touch of sticky fruit as well as dry oak and some spices.

  9. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. SRB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice sherry nose, no missing notes and still a bit generic.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy, sweet and after a short time suddenly very bitter in the mouth.
    • Finish
      84 84
      At first warm, spicy and sweet - and then very quickly dry and extremely bitter.


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