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Glenrothes 1988

Overall rating
90.34/100
votes
46
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Second Edition
Vintage
16.12.1988
Bottled
2016
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead + Refill Sherry Butt
Strength
44.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2017 12:57 pm by ffmdino
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 318,61

22 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

145 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1988

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Greetings again to all our German friends and danke schön for all the (ridicously) high ratings! I guess they are handing out Glenrothes bottles for free in Germany ;-)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A wonderfully mature, balanced and intense Glenrothes.

    - in direct comparison with Glenrothes Second Edition 1988-2017 -
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense and dark sherry, slightly sweet, dried fruit, some lemon zest, spicy with a slight mustiness, moist wood, very well integrated alcohol.
      Over time, a distinct banana note evolves, superimposing all other smells in between.
      Later, sweet flavors of vanilla kipper and shortbread develop.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spicy onset, sweet sherry, then ginger, some pepper and clear oak come through, dark, slightly bitter cocoa powder lies dry on the tongue, spicy oak notes initiate the finish.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, creamy with dark chocolate, cocoa chips and walnut.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Sauleckeres part, especially wonderful nose, because I could have fumbled on, quite varied, there is a lot of rum. In this respect, it is almost difficult not to be disappointed when drinking - the taste is of course great, but the complete nose carnival is not shown there, is not even. Price outside of my normal budget, but should be appropriate for 'such a yummy OA this age.
    • Nose
      fruity-sweet, jammy, cherry, light hint of plum jam ... then a few nose-long musty-musty-old ... now marzipan, floor wax, a hint of mint, .. again a spoon of jam, fruit bread, forest honey , a touch of furniture polish ... great
    • Taste
      strong, full-bodied, chocolate, cocoa, nougat ... Dominoes (gingerbread, apricot jam) ... longer in the mouth: old stairs with floor wax, old leather, something really dark-cherry again
    • Finish
      long, cocoa, black cherry, a bit resinous ... then warm and dry

  5. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    the nose really excels and the whisky catches nearly up with e.g.  the glengoyne 25 yo  - but taste & finish are falling slightly ayway.  
    • Nose
      butterscotch, heavy red fruit liqueur, tart oranges, buttery, old & dusty books.
    • Taste
      cereals, butterscotch, oak, rasberry compote, sweet.
    • Finish
      mon cherie, leather, tobaco leaves, medium long.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicate, round, old, no junk - but nothing that makes me immediately click the buy button - nose is also a touch too sour to be perfect. Complaining at a high level - the price appropriate
    • Nose
      90 90
      Oak dust with a slight touch of resin, mint, old oak, buttery sweetish - floral nectar deposits that blend with oily-creamy-soft citrus notes complex and tell me straight from long Fassreifung, intense sour-sweet oranges of an intensity as you know of oranges TicTac, a red fruit fresh acid with which I passed associated medium ripe raspberries and redcurrants, freshly cooked strawberry jam, a barely perceptible gunpowder / burned match note - which betrays its origin but remains very subtle.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruit porridge with lots of cherries and creamy vanilla sauce, very nice texture, fresh spicy tart oak with cocoa, chocolate and nuts, sulfurized raisins, some pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      MonCherie, dry crunchy oak, beautiful fine-sour oak tannins - runs out medium to long and then remains dry spicy for quite a while on the tongue

  8. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/whisky-weekender-golden-gems/

    First-fill sherry hogshead & refill sherry.

    N: Heavy butterscotch & orange liqueur, buttery [almost waxy] grasses, sweet citrus putty, moth balls [an indirect piano reference], deep damp mouldy felt,... though ive not come across such a forlorn piano for a while. This nose is all about the mould (cheese and mushroom purveyors need apply).
    T: Butterscotch oak, popcorn, mild herbal heather, sweet mould, dry wood mould,....
    F: .... so far so good, but then there's a rather blatant sherry 'dump' - but hey, that's sometimes the nature of the thing with heavily sherried malts.
    C: That nose storms it and the palate ain't half bad either.Scores a B[+]

  9. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Take your time. Keep things neat.
    • Nose
      Rich, dried fruits,old olorosso Sherry,dried raisins,sultanas and black cherries, along with ripe hedgerow fruits, mulberry jam and a tickle of leather. Old spicy and complex. With water: more sweet cake mix,dries cherry and plum. Mmm lovely.
    • Taste
      This gentle quality continuous. Slow paced, with those sweet dried fruits,roasted its and mature autumn fruits.
    • Finish
      When neat, soft and wistful. Lovely long. Nice.

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