- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Signatory Vintage (SV)
- Bottling serie
- The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Refill Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 25 Mar 2016 10:18 pm by aphex
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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 SV
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.48 points
- [June, 2017] A german (of course!) connoisseur wrote in his review below "schöne Schwefelnoten" (beautiful sulphury notes) - so it is true: Some Germans really like sulphury flavours in their whisky. Do not get me wrong - everybody is free to like anything... But the same way everybody is free to dislike anything too! And I hate sulphur in a whisky as this scurfy and disgusting taste blocks my olfactory cells and tastebuds for hours (and sometimes even days). The colour of this dram is pale straw what indicates that the sherry cask must have been very inactive (or stale). In fact I do not find a lot of sherry-induced aromas in here, just the sulphur survived in this dead cask. Yes, the ingredients of the devil are immortal... But why the hell (literally!) someone puts precious spirit into a devilish but otherwise dead cask? The cask shortage crisis in Scotland must be very serious if distilleries get that desperate...
Freshly lit match. Light toast with honey. Gooseberries, rhubarb, green apple.
Hay, green apple, some pepper. White chocolate. Wet cardboard, vodka lemon.
- Nose: beautiful sulfur note, meringue malt, heavy sherry sweetness with raisins, some milk chocolate, light alcohol - all in all very pleasing but also something simple and certainly not something for everyone.
Taste: powerful onset with honey sweetness, again sulfur, a comical fruity New Make liquor, on the finish then very malty and sweet with a slight moderation and still this funny alcohol note. Sometimes I like it very much.
Conclusion: great nose and great first start but then something is added to throw the whisky something off the track. Nevertheless, good 85 pts from me.
- That should have been a refill Sherry Butt? But then it must have been a pretty "exhausted" sherry keg. The color and the aroma are more reminiscent of a bourbon barrel. The taste of Glenrothes is still very delicious!
Malty sweetness with a hint of vanilla flows out of the glass. Slightly sticky glue mixes with a musty note, a hint of overripe fruit comes through the sweetness.
Subtle fruity notes determine the first sip. Slightly bitter wood flavors now dominate the taste, light sweetness tries to make its way through the increasingly spicy wood. Some chocolate flavor is noticeable.
The finish begins with a slightly spicy pepper note. Oak flavors dominate the finish again. Some sweetness and a hint of fruit fight through the discreetly sharp oak notes. At the very end of the finish a fine but intense walnut aroma is created.