Glenrothes 1997 (Claxton’s)

Review 2017-029 «Specifics» Single malt • The Single Cask • Vintage 1997 • Bottled in 2016 • 53.7% Alcohol • Matured for 19 years in a sherry butt (#1610-1754) • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from Glenrothes (Speyside, Scotland) • Bottled by Claxton’s (Cl) • York • United Kingdom • Limited availability (669 bottles) • Difficult to find (price ±€110) • Whiskybase #90083

STORY. The Yorkshire based independent bottler Claxton’s has recently started to release their first bottlings. They focus on single casks from Scottish distilleries and present in an unadulterated fashion. The bottles are very distinctive, and personally I like them very much. We taste today their Glenrothes that, looking at the colour, comes clearly from sherry cask.

TASTING NOTES

APPEARANCE. Awesome and beautiful design, colour of the contents is dark copper and is sherry coloured.

NOSE. This starts with dark wood spices, while it is also very creamy. Cappuccino cream, caffe latte, chocolate cream are all there. Also some peach confiture, some lemon skin and lemon juice freshness, and some ladies perfume. (water) It has become saltier, more on the liquorice side, earthy. This reminds me vaguely of Springbank. Then more wood spice with in particular cinnamon.

TASTE. I find caramelized oranges, lemon skin, some spices, but it is surprisingly light compared to the nose. Tobacco, leather, chocolate sauce, ginger ale also come to the mix. (water) It has become more powerful and nicely balanced. There is strong tea, sherry wood spices, earthy notes, some salt, liquorice roots, ginger, cardamon and roots.

VERDICT. As expected based on the colour, this bottles contains all the usual components that are linked to most whiskies matured in sherry casks. As I already mentioned, I like the packaging, and the colour is beautiful. I think this is something for the sherry cask lover.

Recommended for collectors of sherry matured whiskies.

Thanks to Henri for the sample!

What others say

  • @Whiskybase: Mean score of 89.73 (80 votes)
  • Serge @Whiskyfun.com: “This is what we call a sherry monster, but it’s a balanced monster” Score: 87/100
  • Ruben @Whiskynotes.be: “I’m not a big fan, but it’s bold and intense, so sherryheads should at least investigate” Score: 80/100
  • @Whiskylady.net: “I really enjoy the chewiness (is that a word?) of this dram”
MY SCORE
Nose
85 %
Taste
84 %
Balance
84 %
Depth
84.5 %
Price
83 %