Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
147
Whiskybase ID
WB93723
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Vintage
02.06.1997
Bottled
28.02.2017
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
9797 to 9801
Number of bottles
3750
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Club of Whisky.de
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
12 mar 2017 4:45 pm by Paulski88
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.08

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327 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1997 SV

35 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.43 points.

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker, tasty, great! And for 55 € (or even only 45-50, if you have acquired them with the TWS club membership) a super bargain.
    Must be a great camp where you just tilt together 5 consecutive barrels and then come out something like that.
    • Nose
      a bit sour (fermenting fall fruit), then fruity-sweet, cherry / strawberry jam, raisins, chocolate cake, old leather, sweet tobacco ... promising!
    • Taste
      a lot of chocolate ... brandy beans, kirsch chocolates ... chocolate goes in the direction of sweetened coffee, but a fruity schnapps note remains, as well as oak, leather, gentle pungency, fat, full-bodied, yummy
    • Finish
      long, warm, sweet, dark chocolate with black cherry / blackberry syrup

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  3. Pater_Erison scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  4. SebStar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    it's great and I like it
    a malt to enjoy
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, spicy, slightly sulfur, slightly oak, sweetness is increasing, slightly caramel, old dark malt, tart, red berries
    • Taste
      oily, round, creamy
      Sherry, spicy, tart, berry mix, mini chemical note, mini perfume-soap note, light cherries, chocolate ~ 65%, raisins, later light polish and a hairy note
    • Finish
      medium to long
      light sherry, light oak, spicy, tart red berries, minimally dark cherries, chocolate ~ 65-70%

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    19.09.2021
    • Nose
      Leather, earth, wild berry jam, dark dried fruits, dried herbs, with warmth, plum jam with cinnamon, strawberries, blackberries, a few cherries, a little chocolate
    • Taste
      Cherries, wild berry jam, nuts, chocolate, some coffee, leather, tobacco, a few spices, surprisingly little wood

  8. MickMatrix scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very nice for a cozy Christmas Eve.
    A lot of intense sherry that covers everything else a bit.
    I lack the variance and depth for a higher rating.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First the full load of sherry! Prunes, raisins, figs, dates and a little sulfur. More on the sweet than the dry side. No oak. But it is slightly earthy. The alcohol is definitely present. Needs some time in the glass.
      A slight herbal note is added with hints of oak. Lovage comes more and more to the fore. Over time, the spices become clearer, such as cinnamon or speculoos.

      Is of course overloaded with sherry, which leaves little space for a real depth in the aroma. That gives a small deduction for me in the rating.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The impression of the nose continues. It is sweet and creamy on the tongue. Somewhat sour dried fruits are evident. Christmas spices such as speculoos are added.
      It's a nice winter whisky.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Here he is a bit disappointing. Relatively nondescript. A bit of bitterness and a light spicy note, which is gone quite quickly.

  9. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Stammtisch Dram # 3:
    Still very convincingly dark and heavy on the nose, it swings more and more into the fruity-menthol corner in the taste and finish. For a Glenrothes surprisingly little muff and for a nineteen year old first fill surprisingly little wood.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Deep, heavy and dark.
      Fruity sherry flavors dissolve only slowly. Pickled krische, rum stew, plum jam, lovage and maggi herb. Later shoe polish, something slightly schnapps (MonCheri?), Dark chocolate, black currants and elderberries.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite mild in the start. Amazingly little wood for 19 years of first fill. Instead, rum pot fruity, lovage, leather, slightly woody, tobacco leaves. It doesn't get tangy until late.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the finish, it tastes too much like red Airways. Not that extreme, but noticeable. So cherry and menthol and luckily not for too long. Medium length at most.

  10. marmeladow scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    My best Signatory vintage so far - the finest sherry bomb. One to sit in - a shame that it no longer exists. It even knocks the Glendronach 21yo (the earlier Billy bottlings) from the field. With every sip he got better.
    The color alone is impressive!
    Leave a lot of time and, depending on your susceptibility / rejection of the somewhat sulphurous oak load, also play with the addition of water,
    Sulfur and oak wort were also clearly present in the course of 132 days until the bottle was emptied, but did not impair the enjoyment.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Sherry, nuts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, cinnamon, Christmas spices, sulphured sultanas, plums, marzipan, very ripe blood orange, brittle and burnt caramel. Very deep and complex
    • Taste
      95 95
      powerful, creamy and full-bodied. Sherry, sweetness, but also some oak spice with tannins and a little sulfur, otherwise the full aroma broadside that the nose already offered. After a long period of maturation, bottled at the perfect time for me - a dream!
    • Finish
      95 95
      long, warming, getting drier - everything in it, very long sherry flavors with lots of nuts and chocolate

  11. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Odor: Medium, slightly alcoholic bouquet, menthol, dec. Pine cones, sweet sherry base, light tobacco, light raisins,
    Taste: alcohol present again, medium body, fine fruit sweetness, present spiciness,
    Color: copper gold, narrow WR, clear
    Conclusion: It's really fun, especially if you take into account the former issue price of around 50 euros, the currently called secondary market prices from 170 euros seem downright silly for what is offered, by the way, contrary to some base entries, sulfur notes are never available in this sample

  12. whiskydramo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      low quality chocolate. Pepper. Mineral. Light fried figs and hazelnut.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Earthy. Chocolate plus dryness. Nutmeg. A little bit watery in the second half. Dried fruit. A bit of nut too.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Toffee. Tannin. Coffee bean. Raisin. Not great.

  13. Chesterfield scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Sherry bomb, lots of oak, sweetness, raisins, plums, cherries
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I think there is a mix-up at some tasters, there were 2 club bottles, the first one: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/88991/glenrothes-1997-sv was disgusting sulfurous soup (from refill sherry butts ), the second - First Fill, this one - was, in contrast to some 97 Glenrothes that Signatory had, not at all sulphurous. I think whiskyfun / Angus' comment is right.

    Color: auburn

    First, bottled at the right time, a little longer, and the barrels would have tilted. Second, almost unbelievable that 4 consecutive barrels have not sulfurized. Contrary to the refill club bottle, the balance between sherry and barrel was hit on the head, reasonably profound, the result is dangerously close to cognac, but hey ... 90 points. For 60 € a no-brainer, the 100 € before Christmas '19 weren't too much these days.
    • Nose
      Smells like grapes like cognac, a certain spice is immediately present, overripe black cherries. More and more old wood, furniture polish, wet forest floor. Fir honey, some cinnamon, sooty. Sweet chestnuts, stracciatella ice cream, orange peel.
    • Taste
      Tingles pretty well, that's not the alcohol, there are good tannins at work, charred wood, black bread, oregano, then more fruity, fruit bread, bitter orange jam, after eight, some particular chocolate candy, ages no longer eaten, reminiscent of "liquid" Plums, alternatively: canned plums with dark chocolate. Coffee Liqueur.
    • Finish
      Long, good bitter, but not too dry, yeast dough, polished wood, old cognac, a little sugared, coffee liqueur plus vanilla sauce, cloves, very earthy, slightly dry, preserved plums.

  15. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Some would say '92 points ?? He's crazy!! ''

    But for me the Perfect Christmas Paint.

    Live and fruit cake, blood orange, star fruit, some lemon and strawberry jam ... Subtle with a light earthy / mineral note, make this malt one of my favorites over the holidays.
    Sweet and tasty.
    If he had Cask Strength now, I'd think the malt would spend more time than my family :)
    Great PLV

  16. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Of course he has more sherry than the first Hotte-Rothes (WID: 88991). Overall, it has less edges for me. Lots of sherry. The Glenrothes character is of course there too. But I think the first one was better. He was a little bit more uncomfortable and rough. This is however smarter and also delicious.

  17. stefan_PB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Actually a very good whisky. Maybe a bit too long in the barrel. The bitterness of the oak covers some nuances in the smell and taste too strong.
    But on the whole a nice whisky !!
    • Nose
      80 80
      wet old wood, extreme sherry odor, glue residue ?, trace caramel
    • Taste
      85 85
      Bitterness, dark overripe fruit, walnut, light spiciness, vanilla pod, very pleasant to drink
    • Finish
      86 86
      long and pleasant, here comes the oak very pleasant and a lot of sherry again

  18. BlackWatch did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Early 2018, at home
    N: plum / date, gum, caked "something" (nuts?)
    G: Burns very well in the beginning, Nutella
    A: Hangs in the back of the throat
    I: not my case

  19. philnux did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    So, I have read some tasting notes of self-proclaimed experts. Sounds bloomy and professional. But, honestly are you kidding me? I know everything is a matter of taste. And there are some people that simply ignore our whisky bible opinions. However, with sulphur there is no doubt that he is right. Of course, if you are hyping or if you obtain free samples from say HP, Deanston, Caol Ila, G&M or DL, then you say things like "Deanston is on the rise" or "Macallan is on its way down" (since no free samples for alcoholics). 

    The Heribert Fassbaender of the whisky scene in Germany (and Germans will probably know what I am refering to) is a fantastic lead guy and he is a real character (Go Horst!). The last batch was already strange. This one is better but not a full success. 

    The intrinsic problem with Glenrothes and sulphur cannot be overcome. It can be handled a bit by selecting a proper finish, reloading them in frsh sherry casks or the likes or re-charr them. 

    Nose: A beautiful combination of deep substances, sulphur, sack cloth, mushroom smell, old stick furniture, sultanas (as in SULPHUR), stewed in sulphured cognac and calvados, sulphur again, dark fruits and it could be a perfect combination if the casks had been selected properly before filling them. The word that springs to mind is ‘sulphurious’. 

    Mouth: Pressed, pretty, perfect sulphury very unclean sherry. Added  walnut wine or liquor or maybe even walnuts, added pomerol and syrah, fleshy and a bit Mortlach like, added tequila, vermut, Vodka, German pear schnaps, raspberry schnaps, mint an odd peppery catch in the end. Now adding some random combination of words such as garden leaves, balsamic vinaigrette, lapsang souchong sirup, white tea, nutella, maggi, old table clothes, the greeny inside of some purple rose, moonshine sauce (do you remember from your visit in thailand?), frshly squeezed grapefruit juice, avocados, caramel latte glace.

    Finish: Long, thin, blonde and shiny. All on silky notes of sulphurtanas, moist Devonshire cake (the blue one), black oil straight from the can,  and Winni Pu juice. 

    Comments: Seriously, when will Germans notice that Brits are rejecting these kind of liquids or use them for Blends? This is a real bang for your buck whisky if you are the seller. Signatory’s warehouses should come up with something better than this. I bought lots of the decanter editions, not one bad one. Beautiful, pristinely sherried Glenrothes captured at a perfect age for sulphur and Germans.

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

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

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    Despite the heavy fresh rubber which might go away after a while, it is very balanced with a good complexity

    Update: Two years after opening the bottle I have to lower the rating as the fresh rubber turned more into sulphury notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh rubber galore, like I just put new tyres into my garage, dried fruits, figs, dates, baked prunes, chocolate, sherry notes, xmas spice
    • Taste
      78 78
      Oily, creamy, spices, nutmeg, wood notes, good sweetness, a bit cooked oranges, dried fruits, chocolate and xmas spice again - some sulphur
    • Finish
      76 76
      Long, warm, sweet, more spices, leathery notes, more sulphur

  22. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. bakerman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Withstanding the sulphur bravely.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits ( raisin, figs), butter, chocolate, (surprisingly) little canned pears and some sulphur.
    • Taste
      Sulphur, cherry and sherry, wood, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, woody and peppery.

  24. hs305 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  What a chiseler!  The guy I comped this heavily sulphur-spoiled bottle sent me some mystery samples to try (samples with no information about what it is).  Among them a small sample of this devilish stuff from my own bottle...

    As he and his german friends obviously liked it he probably wanted to test if my tastebuds have converted in the meantime.  Sorry, but they did not!  Still this is heavily sulphur-spoiled whisky with a disgusting mouthfeel that I do not like.  But what I really like is that others were able to enjoy this bottle finally - that otherwise would have gone down the drain...

  25. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  27. irrerelevant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    american oak, I guess ... whisky and sherry are kind of seperated, actually I would say it lacks some single malt character, this is full on sherry. Probably that cask  shortly seasoned soaked up  a lot of young sherry. Especially in the finish I expected it to be more substantial. Don't get me wrong, this no bad stuff, but at least I did expect more complexity and ripe aromas like leather, tobacco etc. Reminds me of A'bunadhs in a way, but older, if you know what I mean ... to sum it up: not overly complex, but unique, kind of odd, not too sweet (like that) heavily sherried single malt of decent age for a very good price.
    • Nose
      ripe cherries, overbrewed fruit tea, even apple tea, very "heavy", doesn't open up very quickly, very fresh (oloroso?) sherry, menthol, almonds, touch of rosewater, a bit dirty, some struck matches, old coins, touch of christmas spices, balsamic vinegar
    • Taste
      thick, very winy mouthfeel, "fresh"/ un-aged dry red wine, nutmeg, raspberry fizzy candy, again overbrewed fruit tea, there is some oak developing (not too sure if that's european...), orange peal, maybe a hint of leather/tobacco
    • Finish
      yep, there is a lot of oak, still that imense sherry influence, some menthol, dries even more, but to me lacks some substance, not too long...

  28. kuirisu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A smash in the matter of individuality. Like a sweaty old boxer.
    • Nose
      At the first smelling of raspberries, plums, barely juicy, a decent torrent of sweetness, after a while a little vanilla smell. After 20 minutes no single fruit left, but the sherry.
    • Taste
      Without water you can barely keep the Malt in the mouth for 20 seconds, which pushes against the teeth - good. Short to hear leather, then tart chocolate, tobacco spreads on the palate, this taste will remain. It gets dry, it stays dry. I do not taste the alcohol, the malt is heavy and lowers on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The fruitiness disappears from the palate, slight dryness remains. Leatheriness. Typical old sherry, somehow wet. After a few minutes: fresh grass on the tongue - very interesting.

  29. Abadon05 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Good and tasty. If you get the opportunity to get a bottle, then strike.
    • Nose
      Coffee, nutmeg, cocoa, dark chocolate, a bit alcoholic
    • Taste
      Cherry, sherry, dry, sweet, seasoning
    • Finish
      short to medium, seasoning spreads throughout the mouth.

  30. hs305 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  ...and the devil p...ed in another cask (or where else come these nasty sulphury flavours of struck matches from - as the copper of the stills and condensers usually filters out all the natural sulphury aromas of the spirit, that is why they are made of expensive copper instead of cheaper steel).  Whenever someone in a Scottish distillery detects a sulphury cask he (or she) cries out "S..t!  This is rubbish!" and then calls the marketing department to announce a further release for the German market as this is the only one that welcomes sulphurous whisky releases.  Guess why "whisky.de" is able to offer this 19 year old heavily sherried dram for 60 Euro only (I bet they do not subsidies it but make a profit margin even at this price).

    I am german by myself but even I do not understand why Germans still love the smell of gunpowder and burnt matches (after two lost wars).  It is not just that they do not recognise this flavour (as no one mentions it in his/her tasting note) - many Germans (even some very good friends of mine) obviously appreciate "the smell of hell".  No, I will not impose my taste on anyone else - whoever loves this stuff please enjoy as much of it as you like.  But to me these flavours block my tastebuds for hours (if not days) and kill all other aromas instantly - that is why I hate sulphur (besides its scurfy and disgusting mouthfeel).  Sorry folks, but this IS rubbish to me!

    PS:  Immediately after opening this bottle the sulphury nose and taste is extreme (66 points), if you leave the bottle open for a while it will vanish slowly to a somewhat bearable level (still not enjoyable to me - 78 points).  I comped this bottle to a (german!) guy that liked its taste...

    [June, 2018]  I just read the tasting note of this at whiskyfun where they write "pristine, pure, perfect earthy, clean sherry".  Okay, I have to accept that nowadays sulphurous sherry is seen as clean and pure and obviously many people like such a taste.  Still I do not - so most probably I am just an ignorant old-fashioned whisky drinker that denies to adapt to the beautiful new world of whisky flavours...
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  31. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great expression for an even more better price bottled for TWS as its club bottling for 2017.Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits, earthy, oranges, raisins, tobacco, leather, scones, some honey.
    • Taste
      Sherry, dark grapes, dark fruits, oranges, raisins, tobacco, oak, chocolate with dark fruits, slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Berries and oak in the mix. Chocolate and dark fruits.

  32. Dramned! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. Dramned! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For a generally pleasing club bottling this Glenrothes is pretty rough and edgy advised. The selected barrels have done a great job, and in addition to the powerful sherry aromas and the earthy Brennereicharakter true. Certainly not for everyone, but not overly complex and demanding.
    • Nose
      The first smell I immediately have an old scuffed musty leather sofa with greasy armrests in mind, in which already slowly press the rusty springs - of course, I could have just synonymous simply "slight sulfur notes" write, but does not sound so vividly ... :)
      In addition, a whole box of dried fruit, especially plums, figs, apricots, dark salt caramel, raisins, ripe grapefruit, sour cherries, malt, a hint of vanilla, tart orange peel and especially a full load of slightly musty earthy oak, all very strong and pretty rough.
    • Taste
      The onset is strong, dry and warm, again a lot of dried fruit and juicy grapefruit, roasted pine nuts, dark spices, candied orange peel, some licorice and a permanent nice tart base tone of soaked wood.
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish dominate a tart fruitiness of grapefruit, Zarbitterschokolade, cloves, anise and especially old oak.

  34. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full. Sour cherries, blackberries, sugar beet syrup. Cognac. Lemon cake with frosting and some grated orange peel. Light wood, damp forest floor.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Dark cherries, raspberry jam on farmer's bread. Sweetened black tea. Oranges, grapefruit, dark chocolate, cocoa powder. Medium.

  35. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This
    Glenrothes was bottled for the whisky club (a 5% discount on most bottles) of
    Whisky.de. A pretty much unbeatable price to quality ratio, as you get a small
    batch 1st Fill sherry monster at almost 20 years for effectively
    45€. All my Wat. Is this a balanced dram? Not at all! It is very cask-laden and
    European oak was at play here, considering its bite on the tongue. These kind
    of drams draw me in however.
    • Nose
      All
      the dried fruits! Rum raisins, cognac-infused prunes, perfumed saw dust, and
      caramel aplenty. Smells like some Glendronach SCs to be honest. A true sherry
      bomb!
    • Taste
      At
      first, Black Forest fruit and juicy strawberries. Then, tannins and spicy
      eucalyptus, followed by sweet caramel and black tea. Perhaps coffee and most definitely chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium.
      Tons of chocolate ice cream, plum sauce, and mocha beans.

  36. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Full sherry aromas rise from the glass. Especially raspberries, juicy oranges and raisins are immediately present with a hint of vanilla in the background. Some leather, fine tobacco notes, a large portion of nuts and spicy wood notes contrast with the fruity sweetness. The nose makes you want more!
    • Taste
      Very strong onset (46% alcohol) with many dark, sweet fruits. Raspberries, blackcurrants, plums, raisins and dates set clear accents. Delicately bitter chocolate, nuts, roasted aromas, a little cinnamon and also the tobacco, leathery and spicy wood notes, which are already perceptible in the nose, form a nice contrast to the sweet, ripe fruits. Here at the "Harmony Level" everything is just right for me - a great balance of the different flavors was created.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish. The residual sweetness of the fruity berries quickly gives way to the tobacco and woody notes. The oak cargo becomes spicier and slightly drier, with a subtle bitterness. Again, there is some leather and chocolate again.

  37. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: the typical Glenrothes moder (earthiness), deep dark sherry (spicy plum compote and red berries), a slightly sour wine note, old tobacco can, walnut, the alcohol is present despite 46% and brings some ethereal freshness in this dark broth. For me a very "autumnal" whisky (similar to Glendronach Allardice) Already damn tasty in the nose. An intense sherry bomb like so many of the current '97 Glenrothes.
    Taste: strong onset, like an intense oak with coffee and chocolate notes, with berry jam and plum wine, in the finish then only fresh with essential oils and orange peel then a slightly bitter oak and dry Sherry sweetness, after the medium-long finish remains a dry lethargy Mouth back.
    Conclusion: eat delicious Glenrothes for a crazy good price. Unfortunately have no comparison to the predecessor club bottle but it is certainly not a mistake to have both at home ^ ^ Sherrytastic 88 pt from me
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose:

    creamy, strong, mouth-watering, sweet plum compote with cinnamon, mashed sourly fruity raspberries, blood oranges, dry red wine with wood notes, tobacco and leather, grapefruit bowl, very harmoniously delicious

    Taste:

    full-bodied black currants with fresh acidity, plums, dextrose, orange peel, light nutmeg and cinnamon notes, mint and orange oil are sparkling on the tongue, dry oak spreads, red berries, tobacco and leather determine the long dry finish, delicious, pleasant, tasty , ripe, nicely coordinated

    Conclusion:

    Wow - the last Hotterothes was too bitter and musty for me, this one is a bottle dream for a hammer price, the best Rothes I've ever had and there were also much older CS

    when it is open for a while it becomes very musty and sulphurous
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant and strong sherry malt with almost unbelievable PLV (issue price: 60 Euro). Not cool filtered, natural color. Very solid 87 points.
    • Nose
      Vivid orange, raisins, ripe plums, some dust and old leather. The alcohol in the nose beats a bit, this decreases with time.
    • Taste
      Mmh, yes, dark fruits: plums, and again orange, in between dark Schoki, which fills the mouth really pleasant. Sweetness spreads on the tongue, only with time do I feel seasoning and oak from the barrel.
    • Finish
      Pretty long. Soon the cask pushes on the palate with bitterness and spiciness. In the back pockets remain the fruits, a nice combination.

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