Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Sherry Butts
see note
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Casks 15954, 15958-15960, 15962, 15964-15968
Bottle code
Bottled for
The Whisky Club of Whisky.de
Added on
08 Nov 2016 12:28 pm

Average value

€ 62.45

9 × in wishlist

134 × member ratings

342 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 SV

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.82 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    easy to drink, but not the giant burner
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sulphurous matches, clear sherry, caramelized walnuts, sweet raisins
    • Taste
      85 85
      dry sherry sweetness with a little sulphurous mustiness, candied walnuts, espresso, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length, dry, sherry-sweet

  2. NorthernSpirit scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Tasted as a blindsample, with the prior knowledge that is Signatory. The nose and the first impression in the mouth let tap on a decanter, but then shows the wateriness. The betrays the Glenrothes, similar impressions I already had in a few, even in CS.
    The first tip on Decanter suggests but that it is a beautiful, gracefully matured whisky with a lot of potential. The dilution unfortunately hogs the dots.
    Blind tip: Glenrothes 20yo, 46%, Sherry Casks
    • Nose
      Sherry notes dominate the nose, with nutty-moist muff, as if the barrels had long been filled with sherry.
      The complex, beautiful nose lets hope for a fine dry sherry whisky and promises a higher alcohol strength than he finally has.
    • Taste
      Again, age Sherry dominates. It was certainly a dry, pleasant little sweetness and just a nice maturation. Initially, the alcohol strength is excellently involved, but increasingly it has to be diluted. He looks watery and a little inhibited - as if he has great potential that he is not allowed to exploit. Pity! This inhibition then betrays the still.
    • Finish
      Medium length, fruit accentuated

  3. FrankDrebin scored this whisky 66 points Member Senior

    Very disappointing. Round, mild, drinkable - but not as good as expected.
    • Nose
      Musty, earthy cellar vault and spicy cress. After a while then a little mild sherry. No nice nose.
    • Taste
      First this cress taste, then mild sherry, vanilla and red berries.
    • Finish
      Short, boring

  4. volker40sw scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-06-2019.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Actually a nice refill bottling; but ultimately fails because of the not very subtle influence of wood.

  6. robse211 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dandan798 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Has chosen Hotte well!
    • Nose
      84 84
      sherry, dark fruit, tannins, sour, sulfur, green apple, prunes
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, sherry, fruit, red apple, berries, sour, sulfur, tannins, leather, dried fruit, chocolate, wine, oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      sherry, sweet, wine, fruit, spices, oak, cinnamon, cranberry, apple, prune

  8. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The dark side of power! In the course of its life in the open bottle, the nut flavors are significantly more intense, the whole whisky has become rounder and more harmonious. The oak is the dominant note next to the nuts, behind which the fruit has to stand a bit. No one I can "just drink" like that. More like Brahms than Mozart.
    • Nose
      Nuts, oak and rather subtle dried fruit are the dominant flavors of this bottling. The whisky is dark and intense, but despite its intensity it is complex and harmonious in appearance.

      Walnut, dates and prunes of the dried variety come first, next to the pleasant oak board that forms the frame. In addition, dry apricots and cranberries, dark sugar, molasses and espresso. Then dark chocolate and an overripe, slightly bitterness mango. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated and offers a little bit of peppermint at the end.
    • Taste
      Again, this board made of walnut, oak and dried fruits that dominate the taste. In addition a clear sweetness, the espresso and the dark chocolate are also back. Later still leather. A slightly dry, pleasant bitterness spreads, along with a subtle solvent or ester note.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The initial dryness is replaced by a beautiful sweetness, which in turn comfortably hugs the nut and the oak. Out back the dark chocolate and the espresso, as well as a last touch of the fruit. No bitterness

  9. Joschbert scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully harmonious with an emphasis on spicy oak notes.
    Fruit flavors are only present in the background.
    No annoying bitterness or sulfur notes. Both in the nose and on the palate very balanced, but also a bit good.
    • Nose
      85 85
      earthy, slightly closed with spices, some coffee and plums. Soft and round.
    • Taste
      86 86
      a lot of spice, but also vanilla and caramel - maybe a mix of American and European oak?
      Coffee, pleasant roasted aromas and diffused sherry notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long with dates and slightly bitter notes of cocoa and chocolate


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