Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
approved 06.09.2010
Added on
17 Nov 2013 8:02 am

Average value

€ 104,25

3 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1995

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.21 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 48,50 Euro in September, 2014.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  My notes state "nix dolles" (not remarkable).

  2. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Typical biscuit dough vanille/fruity smell. Taste: more wood than the younger vintages (1998 and 2001). A dryer aftertaste. A little less sweet in the mouth. Some cardemom/cinnamon.  Pretty much what you expect from an OB Glenrothes. I like it, although the 1998 might be a tad better.

  3. 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

  4. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a really fine light scotch with caramel and light fruits with a long finish. I liked it so much I purchased two full cases (12 bottles) when I was able to get them for only $56cnd/bottle. Those were the days!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Mephisto scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I bought this whisky some time ago, the price was quite good. I do not refer to the actual price right now.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Mephisto scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice and uncomplicated speyside with focus on honey, nuts and bright fruits (peach especially, maybe distillery character?). Easy to drink, not a highlight.
    • Nose
      Fresh, wild honey with a hint of almond. A lot of fruits (compote), sweet peach, young apple and young bulb. Not so much barrel aroma. Slightly lemon and maybe sorrel in the very background (freshness?).
    • Taste
      Honey again, later spices/herbs and roasted nuts (walnut, hazelnut, almond) from wood. Just slightly bitter at the end. Overall a bit fruity, but not as much as the nose.
    • Finish
      Peach, nuts and amaretto remain, but not very long. Still a bit sweet.

  7. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Moderator

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Moderator

    A modern style Glenrothes - I prefer the old style Glenrothes
    • Nose
      Butterscotch galore, vanilla, pears, cookies
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, creamy, butter again, vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium long, peppery

  10. EarlMobile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Smells pleasantly of red fruits and slightly sour, maybe also something of chocolate. Interesting! The taste of the whisky but then unfortunately something to follow. There are hardly any fruits to taste, just a lot of spice and a little bit of sweetness. The subsequent convincing but again with a voluminous woody note, which is only slightly bitter.


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