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.
As a bourbon fanatic that prefers smooth and slightly sweeter tastes over peat, when a friend introduced me to Glenrothes 12, I was hooked.
Nice banana on the nose. Palate starts sweet - bananas, lemon, melon - and moves to a nice dryness with a slight spice. Finish is pleasantly long with a seemingly conflicting sweetness and dryness. A pretty darn good Whisky.
Very nice scotch.
I first noticed a sweet, vanilla aroma when I opened the bottle. The flavor is almost creamy, long-lasting. The vanilla stands out. The banana and melon mix well. Not too much bite. I would order it at a bar.
Excellent sweet dram. Sweet warm orange mixed with a delightful bananas foster experience. Clean sweet finish that is easily worth its modest price point. Truly a lovely Speyside.
The unfinished flavor and and harshness on the palate overwhelmed any nuanced flavors that were supposed to be present. Certainly not worth the cost.
My favorite Flaviar discovery
Really loved the scotch. I am definitely more on the smooth/sweeter end of the spectrum rather than peaty and this was way more on the sweet side. I could drink this all night.
I thought this was very smooth for a 12 year, as I expected a bit more bite. A nice drink to sip the night away with.
I LOVED this Scotch. Smooth and mellow.
The Glenrothes 12 is surprisingly good, especially at its price. A solid, satisfying dram with just enough peat to give it a little kick, and a smooth finish that leaves you wanting a second (or third) glass.
This is a good “go to” Scotch.
GOt this as a gift from my Dad, bless him. I loved it.
I like the smoothness
I prefer a tad more peat
Very smooth, rich tasting. shared it with friends and all were in agreement that this is one fine Scotch.will definitely order more!!!
Great bottle for a Friday night.
Smooth and easy to drink scotch. Had some friends over for a tasting and by far everyone this bottle. Subtle hints of vanilla and honey, great drink for someone just getting into scotch
Really smooth and easy drinking
Smooth. Nice little bottle. Easy drinking
Very good, smooth and good flavor
Solid and balanced. Tends to sweetness with wood and nuttiness underneath.
Not the best scotch I had! Better to drink in neat as it quickly loses its flavor with ice!
I'm not a huge fan of scotch which tends to be a bit woodier than i care for in flavor. However, this has gentle woody notes with just the right amount of spice and carameliztion. This is a great addition to a bar.
I didn't care for it. It had an odd taste to me compared to other Scotches I own. I even have blended scotches that are much better. I can only describe the taste as rather unpleasant.
Not bad! Scotches are either smooth or harsh in my world. This was in the smooth area. A little fruity!
It’s my first time to drink The Glenrothes. The sweetness is very subtle. It’s less sweet than what the portrait looks like. It actually tastes bitter and spicy. But it does leave a bit vanilla note after.
Glenrothes is a rich, smooth with a hint of sophistication! (Hah!) There is just the right amount of smokiness (just a hint) for a Scotch Whiskey! The finish is sweet and even slightly lemony. Overall, it is a spicy little taste that makes your mouth come alive!
First time I have tasted Glenrothes. Vanilla, melon, and cinnamon. I usually sip Chevas 12 0r 18 year old single malt. In their order, rhe cinnamon, then melon, and finally s very light hint of vanilla. I am sold. I have a new sipper in house. I am a new Glenrothes fan.
Not at all what I thought, it was way better. The cinnamon and vanilla notes, then the apricot came in. A definite good addition to my bar that didn't last long at all.
Very smooth, some sweet caramel aftertaste on the tongue. Light oaky notes, not much peat at all (I usually prefer heavy, peaty flavor). Great color, silky mouth feel.
Wonderful scotch. Nice spicy note, but also very smooth and easy drinking. Would definitely get again! Always had on the rocks but would be great too as a Highball.
Met my expectations and very little hangover. It’s a solid and not pricey quarantine companion.
I am an absolute novice, so keep that in mind. I drank it over ice for a few sips. The general flavor was good, but there was a strong taste like paint thinner that overwhelmed the spirit. I've mixed it with several soda pops and it tastes absolutely wonderful in every mix.
Smooth scotch, light peat.
Pleasantly surprised with this one. Lots of sweetness, some fruit, smooth and refined. Some say smoky, I don't get that (but then I think "smoky" means Talisker, Caol Isla. Lagavulin, etc...) I was in Glenrothes and passed on the tour, now feel I missed out, although I did enjoy the fishing..... I'll get this one again.
Not a big scotch fan, but this was a gift.
2 months later and still haven't gotten my product. but nice of Flaviar to ask me what I thought of their product.
Just now getting into scotch so I can’t compare it to anything. Smooth, bold, semi sweet finish.
Pretty good, but not really world class.
Very smooth, smokey up front with a nice sweet finish at the end. I don't normally drink Scotch, (bourbon drinker) but this one is a nice pour.
Nice and smooth. Excellent flavor. So impressed I bought another to give to a friend.
My favorite so far. Just blended well. I will be buying more.
Smooth and smokey
I haven't tasted a lot of whiskey as I've only been part of the club for a short time. This is my favorite so far.
Okay, but not as smooth as I’d hoped. Nor as complex.
Discovered this via the Flaviar bottle credit and was incredibly pleasantly surprised. What a smooth and delicious scotch, slightly smokey with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. I’ve already finished the bottle and am picking up another. This is sure to become a regular staple on my whisky shelf.
This was awesome. Peaty flavor, with a hint of smoke. The packaging and presentation makes this even more sophisticated.
Bought this on a whim for the quarterly Flaviar credit. Haven't had a Glenrothes before and don't know them to be that historical of a brand. So pleasantly surprised when I tried this. So interestingly sweet the whole way through. Huge flavors of banana, vanilla, and cinnamon. Very pleasing. I haven't tried any scotch quite like this. It goes very well off the beaten path of my homebar, might always have to keep a bottle on hand to always be able to switch up the vibe.
I preferred the reserve, but this has an interesting finish. Still very smooth, but not very complex
Different from what i normally drink but quite surprisingly smooth. Fits right into my home bar for that drink after a long day.
So smooth. Pleasant flavor from start to finish.
This was definitely smooth but flavorful. So soothing to the palate.
I took a sip and thought daaaaaaamn... it was solid scotch’ness with some vanilla in there. My physical appearance immediately improved and I could feel my top hairs returning. 8 stars
Very light vanilla on the nose and VERY smooth. I started off sipping strait, but then added a dash of cold water and it was perfect. Just enough spice to make it interesting for me and lots of subtle flavors throughout. This is going to be a favorite!
This was truly excellent!
Smooth without sacrificing too much flavor. Definitely worth a taste if you're unsure.
Tasted a little bourbonish, mixed some big smoke with it which moved it up to a 6 and drinkable.
Very smooth! Planning on making this one a regular in my Scotch stable!
Love it!! Very smooth!!
Look, I'll be honest..I've just started tasting, and don't have the palette that more mature scotch drinkers do. However, I will say that I know what I enjoy.
This scotch is on the sweeter side, with few hints of smoke on the after breath. There are scents of fruit, with a leather smokiness...almost ethereal.
It's delicious, and smooth - especially with ice.
Smooth, strong vanilla taste.
A very smooth scotch. A tiny bit of smoke, but mainly the earthy sherry notes with caramel and apple. Great to drink next to a warm fire.
Exceptionally Smooth and the Flavors are perfect! Ice and Glenrothes 12 and you will have a great evening!
Very smooth. Great taste.
Would really be interested in a cask strength version of this, but unfortunately it seems rather weak. The banana and melon, which is what I was most looking forward to, just aren’t really there.
I really loved this. I could personally could taste cinnamon and juicy red apple? So I paired it with a slice of apple pie. Delicious!
I prefer a little heavier scotch ie: Macallan 12 Sherry, Talisker 10, Peaty scotches like Laphroaig,
Ben Nevis a blend, Lagavulin 16
When in St Andrews last year for two weeks of Golf. I purchased at a local shop a great blend that the shop had bottled. I’ve been to Scotland five times. And loved. People and the Golf.
While at St Andrews. The couple that owned the condo we rented invited us to “ their club” the R and A.
So Tim and Suki took ufor a visit. While sitting in the Great Room. My friend Harold asked the waiter for “ their best” 21 year old Scotch. Only to be told that the only Scotch they offered was Their
St Andrews Scotch. We all laughed !!!
Caramelized brown sugar nose
Slight muskmellon flavor with caramel overtones
Spice at the end of the flavor evolution
Honestly really good; so much fruit
Wonderful vanilla heavy aroma reminiscent of fresh baked cookies. Delicious!
Great scotch with just a little bit of smoke.
First, I am not a scotch drinker but this is a very smooth drink with much less "ash or smoke" taste I've experienced in the past (like licking an ash tray). I probably won't order it but did enjoy sipping it from time to time (neat or with just a bit of water).
Very smooth and easy drinking. Good subtle notes
Definitely a strong taste but no burn or bite.
I got this bottle for my quarterly free bottle and I'm so happy that I didn't pay for it. It's not a bad scotch at all, but the list price is around $160 and I I've had better scotches for half the price.
Great flavor, nice finish. Really enjoyed. I will buy again.
I really enjoyed this scotch. Sweet with subtle hints of fruit on the front end and some spice on the finish. Very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweeter scotch.
Delightful, soft and full of caramel and fruit.
Very nice. Smooth and surprisingly sweeter than I’d expect from a Scotch (but not too sweet). I will definitely buy again.
Great initial flavor with a spicy wood finish...
Front end is nice and smooth with little spice on the back end! I haven’t been a real big scotch fan, but this one may encourage me to try a few more. I am considering adding this one to my favorites!
Great value for $51.99.
One of my faves right now.
I will review after I receive my order!
I have not received my order after over a month!!!!
Really nice standard line bottle. A lot of the same flavors I normally associate with bourbon and rye, but in a single malt. Cherry, vanilla, and a cinnamon finish float over a light oak base. This could be a mainstay for me.
Great smooth taste. Slight oaky taste, but very desirable.
From the smell to your first taste it is impressive. The vanilla hints are so good. I like nice with a little ice.
I was quite pleased with the smoothness and flavors. I ordered this after I had the Taste of Japan garbage sampler that all tasted like Kerosene. This was a nice change and had some really good flavors.
Very good taste. Smooth and aromatic.
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!
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
Love it, amazing whiskey at a working mans price
Love it, amazing whiskey at a working mans price
I loved this one. Easy to drink and super smooth with good flavor with hints of fruit
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.
Smooth, not harsh, nice all around
First time tasting scotch it was ok it taste like liquor it didn't excite me
My first time tasting scotch it was fair interested in trying more brands to compare tatse
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.
Smooth and light, but nothing that really stands out. Probably would not purchase again.
Very smooth, pleasant surprise. One of my favorite new scotches.
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.
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.)
Very smooth and light on the pallet. Could be my everyday sipping scotch!!
The best scotch I’ve ever tasted. I like it more than The Macallan.
Beautiful and smooth. Great finish and perfect in the nose
Smooth, flavorful, not too bold
Smooth with caramel and nice balance of peat. Oak came through at the finish. Definitely a nice find! Cheers!
Not bad, enjoyable, but not something I would purchase again.
Not bad. Had a little too much bite for me though. It wasn’t as smooth or sweet as I was expecting.
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.
Terrific flavor. I will definitely be buying this one again!
So smooth, love the flavor profile on this one.
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.
Good for drinking straight or mixed with your favorite beverage. It’s also been a great cough suppressant this week 😂
Really good, smooth finish
Enjoyed this one. It's great on the tongue. Finish is mild and flavorful.
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.
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
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.
Absolutely amazing. The smoothness and flavor is incredible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A good dram but lacking in complexity to be great.
An acceptable dram but a bit too simple and lacking in complexity
I really like it it is smooth and bitter like some scotches are
Starts a little spicy but ends with a sweet vanilla flavor. Definitely will purchase again.
Very nice, very smooth... slow sippin’ everyday dram... highly recommend for a first timer.
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.
Its a solid Scotch, but nothing to write home about.
Smooth easy drinking. The aroma was unexpected with the sweeter fruit tones.
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.
Absolutely fabulous! We loved it!
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.
loved it! smooth to the end of the palate.
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.
Extremely smooth, notes of banana round out a wonderfully complex whiskey. Will definitely look into more Glenrothes whiskeys again.
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.
Not bad for a scotch. Maybe better in a cocktail. Typical smoke and peat from a scotch. Smoother than some but not a favorite
Simple Scotch and goes down smooth. Doesn't have nearly the peatiness of other single malts from Islay which makes it a nice change.
Smooth tasting, bit sweet with recognizable sherry taste.
Smooth as silk, detected some pear notes. Some spicy undertones. A great dram!
I liked it, but the finish was a bit spicy for my taste. It definitely will be enjoyed though.
Very smooth. Definite notes of sherry and vanilla.
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.
Very smooth great for sipping.
Good toasty caramel. Short finish, wish it lasted a bit longer.
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!!!
Great upfront flavor of honey, vanilla and spice. Smooth middle. Back is a little heavy on the alcohol flavor.
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.
Not a fan of the scent but tastes delicious.
Wonderful smooth scotch. Nice one to pour into a glass and sit back with a cigar on a summer night
Very smooth. Tad too sweet.
Definitely vanilla upfront and the spice lingers when you take the first step. Smells amazing and is super smooth.
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
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.
Oh, this was good! Caramel with hints of chocolate notes. Just enough spice to be interesting. Really like this.
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 .
Light smooth. Good lasting finish. A bit musty slight touch of cinamon. No peat buy again for sure
Smooth and good flavor. Bought another bottle at my local store. Really enjoyed it.
LOVED IT! Vanilla and Sherry did it for me. So smooth
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!
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!
It is sweet with a smooth finish
Buttery, smooth. Ends with a unique sharpness. Not my favorite, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my mouth.