Glenrothes 19, 1997-2017, 58.8% – Whiskybase

On of these 10,000*n bottles of Whiskybase. One I’ve had on my shelf for a while and never really got into, or got around to reviewing. In the end I sold some samples and it still took me three years to finish it.

Now that sounds overly negative, but let’s see whether or that is true!

Leathery with thick skinned, dried fruit. More wood and barley notes, accompanied by some spices start emerging after a short while. Peaches and nectarines, old polished oak.

Fairly strong with lots of dry and sharp oaky notes. Wood spices, sawdust, peach skins, nectarines, mango skin. The leathery sensation.

The finish is smooth and fruity, with more focus towards that than the woody notes.

Strangely, when reviewing it, there is nothing bad to say about this whisky. Actually, it’s a really, really good one. However, back when it came out there were several others from Glenrothes that came along as well and those made a bigger impression on me, like the one from The Single Cask.

So, in the end I’m glad I didn’t bunch this one with that one, since it wouldn’t have gotten the correct review. When reviewing things together, you start comparing in a different way than when you taste things separately. For reviewing, I sure prefer the latter.

Anyway, a rather good whisky that, if I remember correctly, cost about € 90 when it came out. That’s a good price for a bottle like this. There’s enough complexity and flavor to keep you busy for a dram or so. And after that it’s pretty solid to drink too. After all, it’s almost 60%.


Currently available for € 128 in the Whiskybase Market.

Glenrothes 19, 08/10/1997-04/04/2017, Sherry butt 15404, 58.8%, Whiskybase


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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