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Overall rating
84.16/100
votes
40
Whiskybase ID
WB95141
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
25.05.2001
Bottled
2017
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Approved: 16/6/12
Added on
16 Apr 2017 7:50 pm by bonsai75
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49.95

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 2001

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.16 points

  1. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An awesome PGV for sherry lovers. Great dram.
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry notes, damp cellar, dark berries and forest soil. Caramel, old wood, some polish and vanilla. Also tart coffee notes are available.
      Deeply oak, some clove and herbs.
    • Taste
      Creamy and syrup-sweet first. Then pepperier, sharper. Again dark berries, sherry and coffee. Caramel and polish. The water is a bit deeper.
    • Finish
      Mitellang and dry. Oak spice, coffee, dark chocolate. Unfortunately weak in the finish compared to the nose.

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Nose: musty sherry (a touch of old cellar and sulfur), sweet berries and cherries, vanilla pudding, despite 43% a little alcohol and peppery oak Not much depth but what he has on flavors is great (if you like this slightly dirty sherry style)
    Taste: strong onset (would never touch the 43% for nose and palate), full of creamy and sweet sherry, a pinch of gunpowder in the background, then swallowing peppery with oak but also a dry dark raisin note. Then comes first of all bittersweet chocolate with raisins in the finish and again a pinch of sulfur. Dry sweetness is spreading but the finish quickly loses its substance.
    I like this Glenrothes great and such a dirty and tasty sherry all-rounder for the small price, I like to put in the bar.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Oh yes, I really like that! Super harmoniously balanced between distillery character and barrel aging. The influence of the sherry cask is rather nutty and spicy, which combines great with the earthy, almost musty distillery character of Glenrothes (which I like very much). Nice caramel notes serve as a binding agent and make sure that musty distillery archer and nuttiness / spiciness from the barrel don't get out of hand and even go towards Nutella every now and then (awesome!). Nothing bothers you there, nothing is dominant, everything is simply wonderfully harmoniously interwoven and yet very expressive. It is so pleasant to drink and it is so much fun that, as an 11-year-old youngster, he has absolutely earned the 90s point region.

    I'm also trying to make a comparison with the new 12-year-old from the Soleo Collection: I think both are fantastic, although I really like the nuttiness of this one. I still remember the new 12-year-old Soleo a bit more earthy / musty, paired with more fruit. Both of them settle down on a similar, comparable level. In my opinion, you can also buy the new bottling here without hesitation, you don't get a very different whisky.

  4. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    At only 43%, a weighty, funky, earthy, savory, spicy, meaty, slightly dirty sherry-heavy offering that rivals or even outperforms many modern and less-moderately-priced Macallans at similar strength. Simply very good - especially for the (original) asking price.

  6. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I like this natural, rough apperance, there are defintely refill european oak casks involved which suit Glenrothes very well. Nothing fancy, just properly matured savory old-school sherried malt whisky. 35€ ? Bargain!
    • Nose
      thick caramel and dry sherry, sour fruitiness, sultanas, very much on the spicy side, european oak, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, takes water very well (in fact, without water it is a bit to acidic and perfumy for me)
    • Taste
      sweet and sour, really nice dark caramel aside of that slightly acidic sherry, feels very dense and mature, again those spices with oaky bitterness, there's some tobacco and leather, sparkling water, old cellar with a good amount of "dirt", reminds me of some aftershave
    • Finish
      sherry remains, quite dry, still that "warehouse" appearance with dirt and spices, still peppery

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/midlands-whisky-festival-2017-23/

    Not the 1995 vintage as pictured - that was surprisingly a dream dram. 

    N: Think sherry-sweet cream with sulphury hues and you’re ready to go.
    T: Yeah, classic Rothes. Overwhelming neat but add water and it purrs. More sherry thickness before the sulphury tyres dig in. Develops a warming mouthfeel. Water brings Caramac chocolate and woody raisins.
    F: Huge rubber sulphur and dry woody fruits, the sherry dominant.
    C: Perfect example of the rubbery=sulphury-sherried house style that Glenrothes execute so well. You just have to like sulphury sherry, which i do in moderation.Scores a C+

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

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