In the last six months or so we’ve seen quite a few of these heavily sherried Glenrothes 1997 19 Years Old. This one is bottled by Whisky-Fässle, but like the others released recently, it probably comes from the stocks of Whiskybroker.
Glenrothes 1997 19 Years Old (51,8%, Whisky-Fässle)
Nose: Well, hello! As the colour already suggest, this is a sherry bomb. Quite savory with a nice amount of cured meat. Some shoe polish too. But there’s also cinnamon, raisins, cocoa powder and a whole array of dried fruits. A whiff of sulphur, which I alway finds works strangely well in a sherried Glenrothes. Taste: Rich and syrupy mouthfeel. Cherries, figs, bitter dark chocolate. Espresso too. Plenty of spices as well. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. It’s all there. Somewhat meaty and fairly dry. Lovers of sherried whiskies live for this stuff. Finish: Spicy, dark chocolate. Drying and long.
The epitome of a sherry bomb, a certainty to hit all the right spots with fans of this profile. But might I suggest that this would’ve probably been even better at a younger age? It is sometimes a bit over the top, and as we’ve seen before, young sherried Glenrothes can be utterly delicious.