Glenrothes 1990 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
24 years old
Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Mar 2015 9:47 am by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 253.92

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1990 CA

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.78 points

  1. robain scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    no wonder im making my second tasting note, and no wonder i have two bottles of this one.

    13 months i gave this one a review and now i can bring apart the sherry more but its not far off from the first review. Just more detailed.
    • Nose
      butter, raisin, vanilla, sherry, sweet, poweful, caramelized caramel
    • Taste
      intense sherry, dried fruit, dark cholate
    • Finish
      Raisins, dark chocolate, dark sherry, wood cask,

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Completely run over by the sherry, no question. But for a perfectly balanced and great dram!
    • Nose
      Fatty Oloroso sherry, full of raisins, tobacco, you can smell almost the drought, wet wood, fruit bar with wild berries, blueberry pie
    • Taste
      Red fruits without end, raisins, wet tobacco, the alcohol taps only very subtly, the dryness comes up slowly, wonderfully creamy, sugar beet syrup
    • Finish
      Nice warmth, slightly bitter, but very interesting at the same time, less dry than feared, raisin syrup, lots of chocolate behind

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Sherry, sherry and sherry again. Mountain-like dark fruits seek the way out of my glass. Rumrosines, plums, dates and figs provide an intense sherry board. Dark bittersweet chocolate, old furniture, leather, Christmas spices, strong pipe tobacco and spicy oak wood notes complete the voluminous aroma cargo, which almost overwhelms my nose. In the background lies a handful of sweetened cherries in all this heavy concealment. A subtle note of sulfur settles like a gentle veil over the aromas. The alcohol content of almost 56% is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      The Glenrothes is powerful brushed on riot. Pleasantly oily, the wolf lays in sheep's clothing in the oral cavity, before after about 15-20 seconds, a noticeable astringent sensation on the palate begins. The heavy sherry impression, which I could already perceive in the nose, now hits full. Intense and powerful sherry aromas immediately conquer the entire oral cavity and ignite an aromatic detonation. At the tip of the tongue it tingles clearly at the first sip, reminiscent a little of ginger sharpness. The second and third sips make the feeling noticeably more pleasant. Plentiful dark, cooked fruits manifest the flavor foundation. Rumrosines, plums and dates I perceive again. Old furniture, reduced gravy, leather, spicy oak and dark chocolate, with cocoa content beyond the 70% mark, are present. A double espresso puts the crown on the Aroma Hammer. Also in the taste I register a sulfur note, which drives behind them "mischief". An experience - nothing more, nothing less.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and intense. Plenty of tannins and ginger come to the fore and push the intense fruit notes into the background. Leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and espresso are present for some time. With a noticeable dryness and pronounced (spicy) bitterness, the malt gradually fades out.

  4. VicLin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This is a poor man's Karuizawa. The sulphur is in fact quite charming, at least to me.

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice sherry. The nose is above all the same.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice nose. Big sherry bomb.
      Rancio, leather, red fruit. Toasted almonds.
      Wood, dark chocolate,
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth it is very focused on liquorice.
      Camphor, molasses, brown sugar. Black fruits. Berries, blackberries, some gunpowder.
      Leather and cream.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish on blackberry, honey, blackberry jam, molasses.

  6. robain scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    • Nose
      dark fruits, full sherry, 
    • Taste
      dry, full sherry mouth feel, dark fruits again, vanilla, the candy of candydrams
    • Finish
      long and fully developed sherry.

  7. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great sherry bomb. Well matured. Absolutely fantastic. Best Glenrothes I ever drank.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, sour, spicy dark sherry. Finally a really good Glenrothes.
    • Nose
      Massive sherry, woody, sweet but also bitter, coffee, leather, rum, milk chocolate, oranges, dates, plums, cherries, sulfur and phosphorus
    • Taste
      Leather, dark chocolate, coffee, malt, spices, sulfur, rum, dates and rubber
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, coffee, chocolate and sulfur

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

    A great mature complex dram. Full of sherry and dark flavours, well
    balanced and well structured. Another big shot from the folks of
    Cadenhead. Very well done!

    • Nose
      Dense and heavily sherried. Liquorice, dates, raisins, prunes in
      Armagnac, followed by dark chocolate and a slight whiff of sulphur. Rich
      and deep.
    • Taste
      Oh yes, you get the full aroma spectrum promised by the nose. Big, thick
      sherry, rum soaked cherries, dates and prunes with a hint of marzipan.
      Bitter notes of dark chocolate and Sevilla orange peel are well
      integrated and balanced with the fruity sweetness and completed by nutty
    • Finish
      Long, warm and sweet. X-mas cake with lingering walnuts. Full and rich with a hint of tobacco.

      WITH WATER: Vibrant, more creamy with increased oaky spiciness and dark bitter chocolate. Very pleasant on the tongue.

  10. Noface83 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Nose: wow - full of sweet sherry. Plum must, raisins and rum punch. a bit earthy fresh wood note, tobacco leaves, dark chocolate and coffee beans in the background. Despite the many dark notes in the core of the whisky, the sweet (PX?) Sherry always remains dominant.
    Taste: Holds your nose! Very dark fruit berry compote, dates and sulfurized raisins, the oak needs a bit until it comes through and brings out a nice dark chocolate and strong coffee. The finish is then long with a spicy rum sweetness, a slightly sulphurous and fleshy woody notes and aromatic coffee / tobacco notes.
    Okay, that's a sherry bomb. You have to like it but when you look at it the whisky is almost perfect. The alcohol and Brennereicharakter go into the sherry but completely.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94


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