Overall rating
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Opera in sequins
Stated Age
26 years old
2nd Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 May 2017 7:34 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.21

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14 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1990 SMWS 30.95

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky perfectly seated this piece. Percentage 52 was poorly shot.
    • Nose
      The aroma is pleasantly fruity with the dominance of blueberries. Added tons of dark honey, vanilla and Dutch cocoa.
    • Taste
      The taste is full, hearty and sparkling, but still beautifully fresh in fruity honey tones, complemented by spices with distinctive cinnamon and cloves and light woodyness.
    • Finish
      The woodiness is a bit thickened, the spices balanced and the scent of cocoa decided to return and play the solo in the first place. It is rather longer and with the delicate bitterness of licorice and the tingling tones of anise and fennel.

  2. Dominik scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This is one of those whiskies that gain from resting in the glass. Water improved it for me as well. It became softer yet more complex, with the aromas easier to distinguish from one another. I'd say it's a challenging whisky... it certainly was for me. Luckily it is also really good.
    • Nose
      Biting and spicy at first, becomes more gentle after ten minutes in the glass. Cinnamon with timid hints of vanilla. Earthy nuts. (Water brings out more of the sweet vanilla. There's a fruitiness now, too. Dark cherry jam.)
    • Taste
      Warms the mouth in a pleasant way. Slightly sweet with vanilla again, paired with walnuts beneath a prominent spicy note. (With water it is sweeter. Definitely dark cherries now. Together with the nuts it reminds me of Black Forest gateau. Hints of coffee, too.)
    • Finish
      Long. Relatively sweet at first, dry later with smoky tobacco.

  3. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    The aromas dominated the room with the glamour and authoritative presence of Pavarotti in a sequin jumpsuit. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves made a sparkling appearance alongside the baritone pitch of devilishly dark chocolate. Then a magnificent spectacle as dark cherries, black grapes and prunes cartwheeled across the stage high-fiving walnuts, black forest gateau and a small cup of espresso as they went. The encore of Demerara sugar, vanilla ice cream and cigars provided the perfect finish to an exceptional performance. After spending 25 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead it was transferred to a 2nd fill toasted oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

    DRINKING TIP: Take it to the opera.


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