Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Approved 06.09.2010
Added on
30 Dec 2012 10:30 am

Average value

€ 100.00

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39 × member ratings

123 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1995

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.35 points

  1. Torfding did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    These notes originated from a direct comparative tasting of three different bottling grades of the 1995 Glenrothes, in order to identify any differences despite the "inactive barrels" allegedly used here.

    For comparison, three Glenrothes, each distilled on 26.10.1995 and approved on 06.09.2010, 43%.
    Bottled in the following years:
    2012, Whiskybase ID 39054 (represented by the 10 cl Mini, ID 70075)
    2013, ID 46343 (represented by the 10 cl Mini, ID 53336)
    2015, ID 73572 (10 cl sample provided for this comparison)

    Glencairn glasses were used, it was tasted in parallel, so that could always be compared directly, the tasting certainly took two hours.

    All three bottlings actually tasted almost identical, so the actual tasting note is always the same and I'll go into a few differences here.

    As a general rule, the older they are, the three are a little rounder and less thin; but this is really only in a direct comparison.
    2012: Here we have a little coffee in the taste.
    2013: Overall, he seems a bit milder. In the nose a little less of the lemon curd and a little more of the orange juice. The finish is a little shorter, a little reminiscent of cognac and the old apple has a yellow color.
    2015: There is a little bit more sweetness and a bit more oak, the apple on the finish is clearer.

    All in all, the three are so similar that you can hardly distinguish them except in direct comparison probably. In this respect, the quite different reviews in the whisky base are amazing:
    Nearly 80 points for the 2012 filling, just over 84 for the 2013 and around 85 (also my rating for all three) for the 2015er.
    • Nose
      Viney with a touch of touch, looks a bit thin (which I often feel in alcohol in whisky), slightly sour red fruits, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, citrus notes (rather towards lemon curd and thin orange juice), little spices (a hint Cinnamon), later some nuts come through, especially roasted ones
    • Taste
      Here, the Glenrothes is slightly spicy, sugary sweetness, soft fruits, some citrus, vanilla notes, a feeling of hazelnut and a little hay, which is not yet completely dry
    • Finish
      medium; gets drier and the spice weakens again, citrus, some chocolate and nut, has something of an old apple, plus a little cheap orange marmalade

  2. maltaholic scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Very nice to drink.
    • Nose
      First: the oak! Comfortable, pleasant, gentle.
    • Taste
      The taste is rather spicy, licorice, cloves, a little vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium long and pleasant.

  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful floral, refreshing orchid garden. Good weight with substance.
    Soft caramel and strawberry compote, with a refreshing
    grapefruit zest slit thru them seemlessly. Water drawn out nuttiness.

    Palate:- Poached berry fruits, citrusy and restrained sweetness, natural and gentle. Mellow and elegant. Balance. Finish:- Frizzy and soda dry entry. Medium length with dusting sugar
    coated nutmeg bitterness. Interesting oak spiciness develop slowly on
    the palate, chewy. Smooth.

    A very good 17YO dram, taste older and refine than it is.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Philippe Verlinden scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
    • Taste
      citrus, fruits, waxy,

      round and full of flavour
    • Finish
      spices and again citrus

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Not to my liking, it's too waxy and yoghurty
    • Nose
      Waxy (furniture polish), butterscotch, cream, a little sulphury and fruity (lemons)
    • Taste
      The waxy and yoghurty elements remain, just as some slight sourness of the lemons. I also smell used matches
    • Finish
      Drying on spices

  6. C.H.M. scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    great, fine, round, fruity, spicy

  7. granella2003 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Biscuity nose with lemon curd, black treacle, custard, granary toast with honey
      and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Cocoa, hazelnut, walnut and dates on the nose.
      Hints of sherried peels, chocoate raisins, redcurrants and toffee apple.
    • Finish
      Coffee, caramel and walnut.

  8. granella2003 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Created specifically as a single malt (none of this

    was used for blending elsewhere), the 1995 vintage Glenrothes was aged in 30%

    first fill American sherry oak, with the rest made up of 1st Fill Spanish Sherry

    Oak-aged whisky.

  9. Drochaid scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Nose: floral influences, citrus and butterscotch notes with a hint of white pepper and cedar wood syrup
    Palate: rich, sweet, with soft fruit flavors that develop into a luscious spiciness
    Finish: sugared lemon zest and berry fruit, medium-dry, spicy. (Houseofsinglemalts.ch)


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