Glenrothes 1990 TWC

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 sep 2012 8:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 101.44

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40 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1990 TWC

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.27 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 90 Euro in April, 2015.

    An easy-to-sip and unspectacular Glenrothes without major flaws (e.g., no sulphur in there!) that owns a simple but delicate modern profile.  Okay to buy and drink for around 80 to 90 Eurobucks...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows many small tears that consolidate and build rather fast legs. The nose is a little punchy (53,8% abv) and offers a clean herbal-driven modern sherry profile with citric and dried fruits and spicy aromas (ginger). Not too bad...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sherry winey sweet with ripe fruits (oranges, plums) and lots of barley sugars within an appropriate wooden structure. No, there is not too much wood in here and I think it is bottled at the right time. It is not overly complex but enjoyable, for sure. Some water opens up the dram further (both nose and taste) and I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv. But be careful as more water will release some sour notes (that are unpleasant to my taste buds).
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with no distracting moments (like bitterness or astringent feelings). Not too bad either... The finish is rather short on the same impressions as is the taste with a minor papery note at the very end (that is not annoying).

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  3. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Quite spicy - water only softens the spiciness a little.
    The range of flavors is rather small.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I can relate to hs305' snote, though I find the finish to be a tad longer and the best feature to me is the fantastic coating mouthfeel. It is a dram which you can drink all night and feel that it is some medicine too (=> ginger, spices) but it is not that you revel about the distillery where it was made.

    Very enjoyable, perfect after dinner and thank you for the sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    All in all ok, but nothing for easy drinking
    • Nose
      First typical Sherrynoten, dark fruits, some dark chocolate, the high alcohol content pulls something in the nose, quite fresh, then comes the smell of gardening, as if you plant fresh flowers and then smell the hands, with some time interval is this impression then again covered by the sherry influences, including nuts and a worn leather jacket, with time, the first unpleasant impression of alcohol is gone
    • Taste
      creamy, sweet with herbs, floral, the sherry is also there as an undertone, but not as present as in the nose, the flowery predominates, and then suggests dry oak, wood, again slightly alcoholic, slightly dirty, violets
    • Finish
      it will be slightly furry in the mouth, herbs, perfume, now light fruits, pear, with shell, become dry, the oak is still very present, behind a bit flat

  6. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One sure has to like heavy oak. Totaly underrated in my opinion!
    • Nose
      Kinda earthy, flowery rigth from the beginning. Typical Glenrothes smell. Appears quite dusty with lots of sweet, dried fruits. Some old leather and dusty, old oak. 
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry right away. Then immediatly heavy, rich oak kicking in. Becoming more and more dry. Very dusty oak now. Some overripe fruits and bitter chocolate. 
    • Finish
      Medium long, mainly dry but not too bitter in the finish. Some zesty chewing tobacco lingering on.

  7. Noface83 scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    I like oak but that's too much. Not bad, but it was just too long in the barrel.
    • Nose
      sulphurised raisins / dry plums, tart floral notes, oak spiciness, very sweet but also a slightly sour note that bothers a bit. With water there is a nice chocolate note added but the fruits are in the background. Found him better without water.
    • Taste
      strong with lots of spice and oak bitterness, slightly nutty
    • Finish
      very dry and strong, rather woody and only a little of the fruity sherry notes there. With water a bit better but still very oaky. It's more like a smelling whisky.


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