The Glenrothes 12 Year Old

The Glenrothes 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


7.7/10
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Sherry-inspired Scotch with a hint of cinnamon.

The tiny town of Rothes by the River Spey is home to four distilleries and has Scotch embedded in its DNA. One of those Whisky-making establishments is the Glenrothes Distillery (its name is literally "the valley of Rothes"), with history dating back to 1879. With ancient recipes and tradition by their side, they have been making award-winning Whiskies for decades.

Part of the beloved Soleo Collection, The Glenrothes 12YO expression is a nod to the process of sun-drying grapes in Jerez for Sherry production, so it's no surprise this bottle is all about Sherry richness. The banana and vanilla aromas working together with rich flavors of lemon and cinnamon are the epitome of the Glenrothes distillery style and it shows the true character of its makers. 

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Tropic aromas of banana and vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Lush flavors of banana, lemon, melon, and a hint of cinnamon.

Finish
Long and sweet finish with a taste of Galia melon and light spice. 
Ratings & Reviews
Tim
Tim,
I was a little surprised how much I liked this! It has a smooth caramel flavor, but without the sweetness. I will buy it again!
 
Darrien
Darrien,
Reviewed this earlier and didn't like much but researched proper way to taste scotch being that I never drank scotch before and it's pretty good
 
Brennan
Brennan,
Love it, amazing whiskey at a working mans price
 
Brennan
Brennan,
Love it, amazing whiskey at a working mans price
 
Thomas
Thomas,
I loved this one. Easy to drink and super smooth with good flavor with hints of fruit
 
Eric
Eric,
This is a good whisky. Nice sherry kick. At only 40% abv it’s a bit light. More abv would drive more taste and aroma. For easy sipping, this isn’t a bad choice.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Really smooth
 
Mary
Mary,
caramel
 
Josh
Josh,
Smooth, not harsh, nice all around
 
Darrien
Darrien,
First time tasting scotch it was ok it taste like liquor it didn't excite me
 
Darrien
Darrien,
My first time tasting scotch it was fair interested in trying more brands to compare tatse
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Very nice scotch. Smooth with a nice hints of vanilla and peach. I would buy this again in a heartbeat at the right price point.
 
Austin
Austin,
Good shit
 
William
William,
Smooth and light, but nothing that really stands out. Probably would not purchase again.
 
Pepe
Pepe,
Very smooth, pleasant surprise. One of my favorite new scotches.
 
Suzanne
Suzanne,
Very pleasantly surprised at the smoothness of this single malt. I'm a novice taster, and this was my first full bottle from Flaviar. I was skeptical when I saw it was a single malt from Speyside, because I've had some scary Speyside experiences. I am trying to develop a flavor for the smokier lines, but it's not easy. This whisky, however, a good gateway. Surprisingly smooth for a single malt. The nose is pleasant. A bit peppery, not at all shy. Expected it to be rougher when it hit my tongue, but the feel is smoother than the smell. It's easy to drink. Might be nice on the rocks, as well, if you do that sort of thing. I'd be happy to drink this at any time, but I would not go out of my way to get it. Bottom line: drinkable, but not terribly exciting.
 
David
David,
I am no Scotch expert - I only know Glenlivet. I felt this one is somewhat better than Glenlivet. Smooth and gentle on the esoph and stomach, yet strong enough to be the only drink for the evening. The kind of Scotch my uncle would uncork, and then throw the cork away with a mate present (meaning two people could down a fifth in one evening.)
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very smooth and light on the pallet. Could be my everyday sipping scotch!!
 
Kevin
Kevin,
The best scotch I’ve ever tasted. I like it more than The Macallan.
 
David
David,
Beautiful and smooth. Great finish and perfect in the nose
 
Eric
Eric,
Great. Smooth, flavorful, not too bold
 
John
John,
Smooth with caramel and nice balance of peat. Oak came through at the finish. Definitely a nice find! Cheers!
 
Eron
Eron,
Not bad, enjoyable, but not something I would purchase again.
 
Nicolle
Nicolle,
Not bad. Had a little too much bite for me though. It wasn’t as smooth or sweet as I was expecting.
 
Nicolle
Nicolle,
Not bad...a little too much bite for me though. Not as smooth or sweet as I thought it was going to be when looking at the flavor spiral.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Terrific flavor. I will definitely be buying this one again!
 
Jason
Jason,
So smooth, love the flavor profile on this one.
 
Don
Don,
I really enjoyed sharing this with friends. It wasn't for everyone but I found it enjoyable after a minute. Not likely to buy another bottle but enjoyed this one.
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Good for drinking straight or mixed with your favorite beverage. It’s also been a great cough suppressant this week 😂
 
Ariel
Ariel,
Really good, smooth finish
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Enjoyed this one. It's great on the tongue. Finish is mild and flavorful.
 
Don
Don,
Only good after the second sip; just make sure you let it sit on your tongue for a few seconds so you can enjoy the flavor. No matter what, the first sip always tastes like gasoline.
 
Chris
Chris,
I blended with water as the Scots do. Initial fore-shots had notes of heavy acrid smoke that I much dislike - much like a J. Walker. However, the initial punch left me in a pleasant haze of smooth chestnut, floral array and a hint of citrus ... so much that I actually smiled! And it finished slow and smooth - wondering only - I hope there is more - The Murfnator
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Very nice. A little bit of sweet at the end where you can certainly realize it aged in sherry casks. Nice sipper. 8+ rating but not quite 9.
 
Robert
Robert,
Absolutely amazing. The smoothness and flavor is incredible.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
This is one of the few drams I've had that just felt boring. At 40%abv you get the very minimum of what scotch is supposed to be. Meaning the distiller squeezed every last penny out of that cask before giving it to you without giving much thought into preserving flavor. This particular bottle smelled like nut bread to the nose but once sampled tasted incredibly light.. like too light. Think 40 calorie beer light. The flavor profiles I did get we're nuts and vanilla... Barely. This is something that would be served to inexperienced guests or guests I don't care to impress.
 
Joe
Joe,
Incredibly smooth, the vanilla and cinnamon on the palate is obvious and delicious. A slightly sweet finish makes this a great addition to the home bar.
 
Josef
Josef,
Very smooth, the spicy notes are a bit more tucked than other scotch/whiskies I’ve tried, which was enjoyable. I could very clearly taste the vanilla and the cinnamon, the banana was a bit lost to me. As for the sherry, I could detect its presence but not in an overwhelming way. Once again, very smooth, but rather simple, hence the 7/10. A good bottle for your collection, but not a showcase scotch.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
This scotch has a bit of a harsh bite. Letting it chill out on the rocks makes it more enjoyable. Not something I will buy again.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
A good dram but lacking in complexity to be great.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
An acceptable dram but a bit too simple and lacking in complexity
 
Ralph
Ralph,
I really like it it is smooth and bitter like some scotches are
 
Elaine
Elaine,
Smooth!
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Starts a little spicy but ends with a sweet vanilla flavor. Definitely will purchase again.
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Very nice, very smooth... slow sippin’ everyday dram... highly recommend for a first timer.
 
Peter
Peter,
Only really got the spicy with a hint of sweet. Not very complex and did not really get the vanilla or banana. I somehow expected more.
 
Philip
Philip,
Its a solid Scotch, but nothing to write home about.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth easy drinking. The aroma was unexpected with the sweeter fruit tones.
 
Robert
Robert,
I have been to Glenrothes and was looking forward to sampling this one. Notes of strawberry on the nose. Smooth and refined, straightforward palate, to me not much complexity. Little if any peat, similar to other light Speysides and Highlands. Much said here about banana and vanilla but I did not detect that, maybe I missed something -- twice. The finish was not particularly long and did not have the richness I usually associate with sherry casks. It lacks the sappy oak tannins this for me is good. Enjoyable but not the unique flavors I expected. Given the other reviews here I will taste again but I had the same impression as I did of Glenlivet Founder's Reserve, and the Glenlivet can be had for about half the price.
 
Ruth
Ruth,
Absolutely fabulous! We loved it!
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Always been a bourbon drinker and never tried scotch but this had a lot of the flavors I thought I would like based on the flavor spiral. It was different at first but I have really come to like it. Very smooth with some spicy-ness or bite to it. Definitely taste the vanilla and banana flavors. I would recommend it and buy it again.
 
Marianna
Marianna,
loved it! smooth to the end of the palate.
 
MARY
MARY,
Shared it with friends. We all liked it. It’s been a while since we finished it, can’t really remember the tasting notes. But definitely a thumbs up.
 
James
James,
Extremely smooth, notes of banana round out a wonderfully complex whiskey. Will definitely look into more Glenrothes whiskeys again.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Tasty and smooth, but with a creeping heat. Not unpleasant, but not my preference. It was a hit among my other Scotch and Whiskey drinking friends however.
 
Tim
Tim,
Not bad for a scotch. Maybe better in a cocktail. Typical smoke and peat from a scotch. Smoother than some but not a favorite
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Simple Scotch and goes down smooth. Doesn't have nearly the peatiness of other single malts from Islay which makes it a nice change.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth tasting, bit sweet with recognizable sherry taste.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smooth as silk, detected some pear notes. Some spicy undertones. A great dram!
 
JEFFREY
JEFFREY,
I liked it, but the finish was a bit spicy for my taste. It definitely will be enjoyed though.
 
Brian
Brian,
Quite good.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth. Definite notes of sherry and vanilla.
 
Roman
Roman,
Love this. Has a bit of a sweet note and goes back very smooth. At the price it is at the top of my list.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Very smooth great for sipping.
 
Nick
Nick,
Good toasty caramel. Short finish, wish it lasted a bit longer.
 
Angie
Angie,
I am admittedly not a huge scotch fan, however even a novice scotch drinker as myself could really enjoy this spirit. Easy sipping and very tasty!!!
 
Jason
Jason,
Great upfront flavor of honey, vanilla and spice. Smooth middle. Back is a little heavy on the alcohol flavor.
 
James
James,
This is an excellent scotch for introducing someone unfamiliar with single malt to the joys and delights of such. Gentle, smooth start with vanilla and hints of spice, a smooth mouth feel, and a pleasant mid-length finish with increasing spice. Nothing too obvious in any direction, and no huge surprises. I enjoyed it and will be buying more.
 
Cortland
Cortland,
Not a fan of the scent but tastes delicious.
 
Mark
Mark,
Wonderful smooth scotch. Nice one to pour into a glass and sit back with a cigar on a summer night
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth. Tad too sweet.
 
Brian
Brian,
Definitely vanilla upfront and the spice lingers when you take the first step. Smells amazing and is super smooth.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Spicier than I expected, had light notes of vanilla, was hoping for more based on reading other reviews, good middle of the road highlands scotch
 
Eric
Eric,
I loved this bottle of Scotch. For the price point, it is the best that I have had. It is very smooth with just enough peat to make it interesting. I loved the tones of vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Oh, this was good! Caramel with hints of chocolate notes. Just enough spice to be interesting. Really like this.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Definitely a distinct taste it has after a few seconds . It’s perfect with ginger Ale if you are a mixer . But I don’t think you do it justice if on the rocks . But when it’s neat , the aroma is inviting. The taste is I am a scotch .
 
David
David,
Light smooth. Good lasting finish. A bit musty slight touch of cinamon. No peat buy again for sure
 
John
John,
Smooth and good flavor. Bought another bottle at my local store. Really enjoyed it.
 
David
David,
LOVED IT! Vanilla and Sherry did it for me. So smooth
 
Walter
Walter,
Always has been a favorite since my wife, her boss, and I finished a fifth before, during, and after one early Christmas Eve get together. Sweet, light, smooth, it finishes nicely!
 
Jason
Jason,
Not a bad bottle of scotch, but fairly average which is to be expected for a 12 year, but a 12 year Macallan or 12 year Glenlivet which is somewhat similar in flavor is the better buy for sure. It's not as smooth as those but I'll still drink the rest of the bottle!
 
Larry
Larry,
It is sweet with a smooth finish
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Very light
 
Canavan
Canavan,
Buttery, smooth. Ends with a unique sharpness. Not my favorite, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my mouth.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
A very smooth Scotch. One of my favorites
 
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