Overall rating
88.68/100
votes
195
Whiskybase ID
WB88047
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Vintage
28.04.1997
Bottled
17.10.2016
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
7157 (part)
Number of bottles
643
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
19 oct 2016 3:32 pm by Tom03
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 103.52

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231 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1997 WhB

54 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.68 points.

  1. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      meat juices, red fruits, nuts, chocolate, milk chocolate, typical thick sherry nose, Laurel,
    • Taste
      89 89
      chocolate cake, red fruits, dry wood, coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, bit beef jerky, cherries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      thick coffee, cherries, dry wood, cocoa, chocolate, green spices, bit of hard wood, bit astringent.

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Kerchak scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Very nice dram.
    Big sherry, chocolate and Kahlua liquor .
    Nice finish that lasts long

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Horse skin
    This Glenrothes slept on a sherry butt for almost two decades. Possibly that was a first fill barrel, because the malt is almost the color of cola. It was bottled by Whiskybroker, the well-known Scottish bottler.

    Hey! Plums, rye toast, horse skin, chewing tobacco, origin chocolate and a drop of wine vinegar. Walnuts and cuberdons. Freshly polished leather. The interior of a new car. What an intense nose.

    Syrupy as cough syrup. And with the same dark sweetness. Nice and spicy at the same time on cinnamon, nutmeg and chili peppers. Fennel, licorice, anise – that's three times the same, that's how intense it is. Relatively drying, too. And less sweet than the nose promised. This is chocolate with dried pieces of fruit and quite a few nuts. Delicious.

    In the dry, long aftertaste, another coin appears.

    Oh, my, what a bomb. Unfortunately nowhere to be found.

  6. niski scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    what a roller coaster ride; OK first, after a while, boah nöööö
    no painting for me
    be careful with water !!!
    • Nose
      starts slowly, gently sherry becomes more, light oak, green leaves from the tree, milk chocolate turns into dark chocolate with ~ 55%, some polish, light plum, light coffee comes
      with water: light oil, light oak, light polish

      from 1920s: decent bitter sherry, mini mineral, earthy, chocolate ~ 70%, polish + oil, a note that I cannot name
      with water: becomes more nutty, slightly chemical, slightly cardboard / paper, tingles a bit
    • Taste
      round, strong
      decent sherry (the modern kind), slightly sweet, slightly raisin, tart and spicy, cereals, crispbread, spicy, oak comes out gently, light leather

      with water: softer, that soapy perfume note, coffee
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Sherry, tart, slightly spicy, somehow something is missing

      with water: pastries (sand cake / marble cake) hazelnut, gravy?

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting: Couldn't think of a Glenrothes, for this is another very heavily sherried dram that has it's typical flavors. Despite the fact that no distillery profile is to be found anymore, I still just can enjoy these kind of drams.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very heavy on the red fruits, plums, raisins, maple sirup. Berries.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful, and a drying mouthfeel. Red fruits, plums, Chocolate. Berries. Later on even more chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Drying initially, blue berries, plums, cassis. Long finish with cacao, and some pure chocolate bitterness.

  10. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    You get what you are looking for.
    Dark sherry bomb, with earthy aromas, balsamic vinegar, musty cellar, woody bitterness, some coconut and dark red fruits. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  12. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Erik1908 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Reading the reviews below, this is apparently a love-it-or-hate-it whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Full sherry nose; too much to make this a stunning one for me. Sulphur, cherries, plums; raisings too.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly oily sherry attack. Dried fruits, hints of coffee, chocolate . Sulphur notes are not my cup of tea.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long. Finish starts off with sweet and fruity notes, which slightly turn to bitterness.

      Conclusion: I am still searching for the ultimate Glenrothes bottling. I guess this will not be a sherried version, as the best one i tasted so far was a Cadenhead bottling ex bourbon cask.

  15. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This Glenrothes is like a smack in the face that leaves you dumbfounded
    • Nose
      The intensity it turned up to 11. There's sweet and sour touches of cassis and aceto balsamico, but also meaty and sulphury whiffs. Burnt toast, dark chocolate and a slight bitterness.
    • Taste
      Thick and sticky, the palate isn't as dry as you might think, but still pretty dry nonetheless. There's whiffs of mocha, aniseed and toffee, as well as a good amount of dark chocolate. Finally some subtle spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of pepper.
    • Finish
      After Eights and fermented grapes with a touch of rubber. Long.

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Quite a lot of rubber - definitely a typical Glenrothes 1997
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried fruits, raisins, plums, dates, fresh rubber, toffee, spices, molasses, nutmeg, sherry wood, little nutty
    • Taste
      87 87
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, more spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, sherry wood, hints of rubber and leather, more dried fruits, raisins
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, spicy, woody

  17. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, hints of sulfur, almost chewable sherry, quite typical of these 97 dark rothes.

  18. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    As well as the noted share with TWB this cask was shared with:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/89820/glenrothes-1997-d242

  19. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is dark! The sherry clearly has the upper hand. In addition, spices. The Rothes character is already there, but not quite so present (relatively). Also, he is doing quite well. But with water, the dirty things of Glenrothes get through better. In the mouth then again a lot of sherry. I'm just wondering if I like that. I say yes. But only because it is a Glenrothes. Less succinct whiskys would probably taste too much of chopped sherry.

  22. robain scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    • Nose
      95 95
      Dark chocolate, dark fruits, dark sherry, overall very dark notes.. raisin, sweetness, wood
    • Taste
      94 94
      Dry and dark sherry, sweet, notes of sulphur but not in a bad way,
    • Finish
      95 95
      Vanilla, dark sherry again, somewhat short though but delicious.

      Glenrothes is my favourite distillery so I might be a bit colored In my review

  23. laurensl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. 11insomnium scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: Full and intense sherry with spices, old gum, deep and complex, full and aromatic, dark and ripe fruit, sweet syrup, sweet and musty of lovage, old wood and tobacco, strong and spicy

    Tasting: Full, strong and intense fruity sherry, spicy and sweet, dark chocolate, oak, complex

    With water: flowery, fruity syrup, sherry with spices, citrus, bittersweet

    Comment: Sherry Single Cask in a class of its own! A touch more aromatic than Glenrothes - Anam na h-Alba 1997 (Barrel: 7155)

  26. Malinois scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Dropped it 2 points to 85 after retasting.

    There is some varnish/ketonic smell and taste to it, not in the good way like Glenlossie but also not to powerful. It's quit the same all the time. I beginning to dislike this sherry 'style' nowadays with this ketonic side.

  27. fgg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. fgg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After the WB bottling the second great Glenrothes experience.
    • Nose
      Very fine and full sherry nose. Sweet, fruity. Some caramel and almonds.
    • Taste
      Heavy sherry taste, sweet. The caramel and almonds make it full and sweet in taste.
    • Finish
      Full, creamy, lumpy. Delicious.

  29. chippy scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. St. Pauli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Monotonous, over steered, are the words that come into mind. It's not in balance, nor is it really pleasant. Sorry.
    • Nose
      Quite some caramel, meh... Otherwise it's slightly meaty/sulphury, with fireworks, raisin, orange, bramble, and milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Not much going on, rather dry on burnt sugar, walnuts, and clove. Behind that, there is a hint of raisin, coffee, dark chocolate. It's a bit of a mono-whisky. 
    • Finish
      Long, and quite bitter on dark chocolate, walnut, and burnt sugar. There is not much room for fruit, although it's there.

  32. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Overall I am not enjoying the nose, the taste is making up for that. A fairly decent finish. Based on the release price it’s actually a very decent dram. But I wouldn’t go nuts on trying to get Glenrothes 1997. The nose is putting me a bit off, that might because I am not a big fan of this kind of profiles and heavy sherried whiskies but I did have a lot better sherried drams.
    • Nose
      Bam! Sherry and a lot of sherry. Not sure if I can find the Glenrothes profile. A little bit musty, quite a simple whisky. Don’t get much out of the nose. It seems watered down a bit and not at original cask strength. A little bit of chocolate influence but that is basically it. Can’t find any of the dried fruits I would expect with this kind of darkness. A faint sulfur smell and a bit sour too.
    • Taste
      Now that is a nice surprise! Sweet, chocolate, dried fruits. Nice, wouldn’t expect that after that nose. This is actually pretty good. Love the chocolate influence in this one, although it does lack some fruitiness. I do get a bit of fruits but it lacks power. A good winter dram. I think it would work quite well with some Christmas pudding. With water the fruits are more dominant. I like this better, the oakiness and bitternes is gone and it does have more to offer.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long, a bit of an oak bite to it. Also you can find a bit of pepper in there and again cacao / dark chocolate.

  33. Berrysaki scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry and leather in your face! After letting it have some air, shoe polish and toffee are coming up. after-smell of red fruit.
    • Taste
      Toffee, raisins, a bit lemony, red fruits, bay leaf, cocoa. After that heavy sherry influence comes a nice light fruit taste (yellow fruits like peaches and apricots).
    • Finish
      Long, very pleasant finish!

  34. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mocha, raisin, blackberry, cherry and toffee. Later more fudgy. With water some marzipan.
    • Taste
      Blackberry, mocha, dark cherry and pepper. Toffee when adding water.
    • Finish
      Mocha, blackberry, toffee and cherry.

  37. fradin11 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. ZwiJo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Deep sherry notes, a bit hardy. Some bread notes (I tent to find them always in Glenrothes).A bit of an leavening note.

    Taste: Full frontal sherried whisky. With everything in there as expected. So leather, shoepolish and lots of dried red fruit. With water there is more of the bitterness coming in.

    Body: medium-full

    Finish: .A bitter note comes in. Then it gets a bit dry, but not unpleasing. For the rest there are a lot of sherry notes here, and some strawberry hubbabubba bubblegum.

    Price: Don't pay more then €100,- for this whisky.

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. gerardsmike scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  43. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. tsmstoteler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On the nose its mostly very dark sherry. Chocolaty notes. Not very complex, but still appealing.

    Initial taste gives dark chocolate with hazelnuts, dried abricots, orange zest and raisins. Sourcream and some nutmeg.

    After a while it develops to a more peppermint kinda arrival.

    The finish isn't as big as the mouth, but it lingers quite some time. Quite dry.

  45. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. Gwhisky1 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. Jonkers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The best part is the nose. The rest is well balanced. A good but not exceptional whisky.
    • Nose
      A little salty is the first thing you notice. Also a bit stubborn, as if this whisky has been on a very old barrel. Furthermore, some chocolate and a hint of caramel. A bit of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Somewhat greasy and a bit metallic. Hints of tropical fruits like banana and mango.
    • Finish
      Long finish with hints of chocolate, some tropical fruit and a pleasant pepper.

  48. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. Dominique69 did not rate this whisky Photo Moderator

    Shared cask https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/89133/1997-twb

  50. Thibaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  51. Jusuiitta scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great dessert whisky. Need to try with cherry chocolate cake.
    • Taste
      Dry sherry is the main taste in a good way. Could not separate other tastes atm. Compared to Kavalan Solist this is how sherry mature single cask should taste.

  52. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful dark sherry color Wood influences, spicy, dark chocolate Delicious!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. Maltkanzlei did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Eye / Nose: Visually a very dark sherry tone, which is slightly reddish under light. The aroma when uncorking makes me initially a bit shy. Like opening a bag of licorice. Add lovage, dark forest honey, prunes, raisins, vanilla and melted nougat chocolate. Alcoholic sharpness, which has not completely disappeared even by the slight thinning. There is a total of undeniable a lot of flavor cargo with. Finally, almost like cough syrup. Slightly overlapping in this potpourri are the licorice notes and dried fruits. Palate: The alcohol burns something on the tongue, but then warms very pleasantly. He is not integrated harmoniously, but gives the malt corners and knights. Sweet and at the same time quite bitter he acts. The prunes are still there, oak notes are spreading, probably with a reason for the spicy-bitter taste impression. The Malt is an excellent swimmer. A few drops of water help to give it a more harmonious picture, but do not bring any really new flavors to light. Finish / Conclusion: And again plenty of oak, tannins, incredibly dry, almost tart to name the finish. Finally, the aftertaste of dark chocolate - 85%, no compromises - and a flavor that reminds me of harsh red wine. The malt will split the connoisseurs, I would strongly suspect. From enthusiasm to rejection everything should be there.

  55. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    According to Martin Armstrong from Whiskybroker. The first fill Spanish oak butt generated around 405 litres at a cask strength of 59.5%. This was brought down to 53.5%.
    Be sure to try it with a few drops of water. It really opens up this delicious malt.

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