Glenrothes 1997
20 Year Old Whisky Agency for TWE

70cl / 51.3%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • The Whisky Agency
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There's no mistaking the fact that this single malt has been aged in sherry casks. A deep garnet colour, it exudes rich notes of dried fruits, coffee, spices and toffee. On the palate those characteristics are balanced by soft fruit, but this remains a stonking dram with a dense sherry core. This limited-edition bottling has been created exclusively for us by independent German bottlers The Whisky Agency.

The Whisky Agency
20 Year Old
Bottling Date
No of Bottles
Cask Type
Sherry Butt


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Nutmeg Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Coffee Coffee
  • Sultana Sultana
  • Plums Plums

Glenrothes 1997 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    • Nose:

      Big, rich, unapologetic blast of sherry cask! Rich, generous notes of stewed plums, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried fruit and espresso, underpinned by dense treacle toffee. A full-flavoured dram right from the word go.

    • Palate:

      More balanced than you would expect, with a soft fruitiness counteracting that huge layer of richness from the sherry cask. Still a big dram, however, with complex notes of coffee, chocolate, winter spice and dried fruit. A must-try for sherried whisky fans.

    • Finish:

      Dense and rich, with notes of chocolate fudge cake and liquorice lingering.

6 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    5 December 2017

    Such a super heavy sherry bomb. Stunning!

  • 5
    14 November 2017

    Best whisky i had this year , gutted the bottle is gone.

  • 5
    14 October 2017

    Great whisky, one of the highlights of the year so far. Already seen it on sale for ?400 on the whisky barrel site no doubt someone will buy it but for me whisky has always been for drinking and enjoying not making money.

  • 5
    11 October 2017

    Good whiskey all around !!!!

  • 5
    3 October 2017

    Nose: Oh yes, there's no doubt this is from a sherry cask! Bold, rich and intense sherry backbone with dried fruits, maraschino cherries, prunes, dates, and raisins. Sweet with brown sugar, liquorice, and marzipan, pleasantly mixed with dark chocolate, coffee and tender notes of leather in the back. A big nose! Palate: The palate delivers what the nose promises. Rich, sweet and creamy, even sticky notes of sherry, dark ripe fruits, cherries, raisins, and prunes. This is complemented by a nicely warming spiciness of cinnamon, cardamom, oak and subtle black pepper. Stays sweet with Demerara sugar and rum flavours. Subtle chocolate coated coffee beans and a hint of balsamic vinegar towards the finish. Finish: The finish is pleasantly long and warming. Now more spicy notes arrive with leather, tobacco leaves and cigar box, followed by dry oak, burnt caramel, and coffee beans. Happily, the delicate sweetness returns with a wee creamy touch of dark fruit jam on the tail. Comments: Very lush and bold sherry cask matured Glenrothes! Quite an intense, complex sherried dram, packed full of creamy sweetness and rum soaked fruits. A rich and deep character with a lovely nose and a powerful palate. Multi-layered and nicely balanced with loads of dark fruits, warm spices and a delicate mix of chocolate and tobacco flavours. A grown-up whisky which I prefer to drink neat but which can tolerate a few drops of water, too.

  • 5
    19 September 2017

    Nose - This is what sherry bombs are supposed to smell like (forget A'Bunadh). Incredibly ripe, loads of depth and no missteps. There's chocolate covered raisins and not quite rotten fruit, roast beef (the scrunchy bits that have caught on the pan), lipstick (the smell of how it tastes) and behind this, the completely not-lost Speyside spirit. There's crayons, small amounts of petrol… and it's so wonderful to smell a proper bomb that can back it up with wood, fruit and balance. Power and control. Body - Rich, slightly sharp, green apples and a little acetone. Sweet, sharp wood oils, reduced balsamic vinegar. French polish. Sweeter and creamier with water, a touch of gunpowder. Finish - Long and woodsy, more apple - baked with raisins. Slightly spicy at the end. Tastier, more delicious with water, the wood oils echo round the mouth.