Glenrothes 1986 TWC

Overall rating
89.16/100
votes
59
Whiskybase ID
WB95432
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
1986
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
100247
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 apr 2017 7:32 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 239.90

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54 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1986 TWC

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.16 points.

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    I fell in love with my nose. The rest can not keep up with that but still offers a great experience. He's really great and worth the money.

    Water changes him immensely but also takes away some intensity, he gets chocolateier in the nose. Creamier and more fruity in the mouth and less bitter on the finish. Worth to play with water but beware not to drown.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Excellent nose with dark sherry aromas, candied orange peel, garden herbs, wood polish, dark forest berries, tobacco and leather, some alcohol and mint freshness (CS has good, too), slightly sour woody notes and coffee beans, lots of wood and deep, dark sherry notes - what a bang if you stand on something like that. In addition, there is a slightly sour juicy fruit note of oranges and berry fruits. The nose is gorgeous and makes your mouth water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful start. Coffee and leather, brown sugar and a little sherry sweetness, but also a lot of herbs and some pepper, back orange and dark caramel, the whole encased in lots of wood and tannins. Something too violent and wild for the great nose. But still very big cinema.
    • Finish
      90 90
      First the pepper and a subtle chilli spiciness, then the sherry comes out powerfully again with dark fruits, nuts and dry sweetness. Warming goes the long finish in the extension with leather, dark chocolate and old wood. Especially the leather note stays forever in the mouth. Very woody and dry but I think that's great and the finish is forever too long.

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  3. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet, fruity, flower meadow; By adding water, a trace of smoke develops in the nose
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, intense with sherry, but very alcoholic. Need some water!
    • Finish
      88 88
      sweet, dry, fruity, very complex!

  4. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A great, full-bodied and very well matured single malt. This Glenrothes captivates by its bold sherry influence with a nice balance of dark dried fruits, warming spices, dry oak and tobacco notes. It is very fine, elegant and dignified. Surprisingly, it becomes very lively, fresh, sweet and fruity with water - as if it has jumped out of its heavy, comfortable leather armchair. This malt is something for true connoisseurs. https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/01/19/glenrothes-30yo-1986-2017-the-whisky-cask/
    • Nose
      The nose starts off with delicate notes of dried fruits, plums, old sherry, Demerara sugar and juicy oranges. A classic sherry backbone with raisins, rum soaked cherries, cocoa and tobacco leaves. Hints of cigar box, oak spice and old leather chair in the back. A gorgeous nose!
    • Taste
      Bold and intense on the palate with sweet sherry, barley sugar and fruity notes of plums, cherries and oranges. This is pleasantly mixed with a nice herbal note, subtle mint and a warming spiciness of white pepper, oak and a hint of chilli. Slightly dry towards the finish with cocoa, tobacco leaves and subtle leather.
    • Finish
      The finish shows medium-length with creamy notes of sticky plums, oranges and some dry oak, walnuts and leather on the tail.

      With water: A little bit fresher on the nose when a splash of water is added. There's more citric fruits coming through - oranges and lemons. Instead of raisins and plums red apples arrive, nicely mixed with sherry and hints of leather in the back. Sweet and very fruity on the palate with mainly apples and oranges. The spiciness is fairly tamed with only a hint of a warming pepperiness. The finish is shorter, creamy, sweet and fruity with a touch of dry oak on the tail.

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    fair puddle very hot malt, do not add water have another sample and will look like he is the second button
    • Nose
      spicy, tidy caramel, a little sherry, light raisins, sweetness increases / with: Grannysmith
    • Taste
      soft and full on the palate, maggot herb, something is plumping, herbs and spices, sweet, spicy and oak
    • Finish
      long, very spicy, espresso

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Another Glenrothes tonight, this time a new release of a 30-year old.  1986 was just in the middle of the last big whisky bust and usually whiskies from that period are somewhat chequered (as the controllers cut down budgets both on sourcing and investments).  But there are always exceptions from such a rule, so let us see...

    The colour is burnished and the texture shows fast legs and some late tears.  The nose is punchy first (53,9%) and offers a typical herbal-sherried profile that is quite nice and balanced.  Not too bad (as the Aussies would state).  It arrives a little hot and peppery in the mouth with not very much coating.  The taste is sweet and spicy but somewhat unbalanced (just contrary to the nose) what indicates a rather weakish (depleted) sherry cask (probably another one that fell victim to the controllers during the bust).  The finish is of medium length, somewhat chocolatey and again not that harmonic as it should be.  Some slight drying moments too (tannins).  Water makes the dram more mellow but it gets flatter too - not sure what is better...

    An average old Glenrothes only and way too pricey for its quality.  As a drinker I would not pay more than 80 Euros for such a bottle.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Rather austere on the palate - missing a little bit of fruitiness and anything else. Tasted from a sample - frankly, I would not buy the whole bottle
    • Nose
      Nutty, woody, hints of butterscotch, some red fruits, hints of dried fruits as well
    • Taste
      Punchy, very oily and creamy, obvious oak wood, hints of coffee, dark chocolate, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, actually not drying

  11. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If you like oak-forward whisky, then this is for you. The tannins stay interesting and not overtly bitter, which makes this a dram to consume more than one of. Overall this is a rather balanced experience. Devoid of overt sweetness, not overpowered by an over-active cask and Glenrothes’ nuttiness is intact as well. Only the overly solventy arrival on the nose is a minor detractor. The price stings a bit, but then again this is 30yo Glenrothes.
    • Nose
      Astringent! Varnish, shoe polish, molasses, and oak. This smells almost old, if not for the overt solventy notes. A big blast of marzipan and dates, pickled ginger and aniseed.With water: the solventy notes become more pronounced. Initially, this does not seem to swim well. After a while, some of the wood recedes and reveals more nuttiness and pickled fruit – mango and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Powerful arrival of drying tannins, followed by an understated sweetness – honey, icing sugar, After eights. Forest fruit jam, saw dust, and caramel.With water: Juicier and less drying, however, the sweetness is diminished as well, with mint chocolate and spicy oak-infused biscuits.
    • Finish
      Medium. Warming and quite balanced, with a drying finish of espresso and dark chocolate.

  12. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yummy, but somehow the whole package is not right. Somewhat unbalanced. The finish is too flat for my age.

  13. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Glenrothes with a crazy leather and tobacco note. These intense tart aromas and fruity nose give an idea of ​​the age of Glenrothes and increase the desire for the next sip. A great and old sherry bomb, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Dried and sweet berries stand out slowly from the glass. A wonderfully soft leather note rises from the fruity nose, fruity blackberries and overripe plums mingle with freshly picked mint. Slowly, the leather flavors become more dominant again, sweet and soft tobacco notes dissolve from the soft leather note. Long and heavy streaks stick to the glass wall, from the dried berries an old orange aroma rises. A touch of apricot and peach rises from dried slices of orange while the soft leather and tobacco flavors hold in the background at the moment. A piece of sweet milk chocolate melts creamy in the mouth, the salivation is now more and more ...
    • Taste
      After the first sip of the Glenrothes rests briefly in the mouth, then dissolve beautiful leather flavors and an intense aroma of old tobacco leaves. Dried raisins and dates appear briefly before the now more intense leather flavor dominates the taste. The second sip of creamy caramel and milk chocolate spread in the mouth. The leather and tobacco aromas are now biting on the tongue and a pinch of chilli and black pepper is discharging in the mouth. Tingling and bizzelling spread throughout the mouth, an old woody note mixes with old walnut flavors. These subtle harsh tones are broken here and there by freshness and mint.
    • Finish
      With a touch of roasted aromas and dried fruits, the finish begins. Wet leather flavors mingle with harsh wood tones, old tobacco leaves fall on the tongue and become wet. With a very pleasant glow and subtle sharpness, the old walnut aromas return and leave behind a tart and slightly bitter leather and woody note. Chubby warm, the finish is almost forever in memory and slowly makes a desire for the next sip noticeable. The leather flavors still stick in the mouth after a few minutes.

  14. Lady Dram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

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