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Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel) Review

Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel) So I've had this sample for while, it's been one of the difficult ones for me to pick up ... My love of Glenrothes means i want to drink it, my hate of rubbery oloroso casks has me fearful, but it's time to give it a try.

As i said I'm a big fan of this distillery and love their ex-bourbon drams, but the latest Soleo range directly from the distillers is entirely sherry matured which doesn't work out well for me as I'm not a fan of Oloroso matured drams. I tend to get on ok(ish) with PX as it's generally sweeter and less issues with rubberyness.

I've had some utterly brilliant drams from the Burns Malt range in the past, but this one just really doesn't sit well on my palate at all, the nose is overpoweringly rubbery and i can't get over it. The palate the rubber is there but calmer and if the nose had been at that level I'd have been entirely fine with this dram, but unfortunately it's just way to rubbery for me, but i know others love this type of dram.

Thanks to The Whisky Barrel for the sample

Tasting Notes & Details


And this is one of the reasons I'm not a fan of Oloroso sherry casks, there's an initial hit of prunes and dates, but then my nose fills with a huge blast of rubber and plastic, like walking into a branch of Shoe Zone. Putting that to the side i can get some coffee grinds and a bit of dark chocolate, but that rubber still masks everything else.


The coffee grinds are here first, it almost tastes like their are bits of them in here it's so thick and chewy, toffee covered dark chocolate and some nice juicy dates, the rubber is still there on the palate but it's a lot tamer than the nose.


Chocolate caramel covered dates, thick

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)
Age: 1997 Vintage
ABV: 53.50
Distiller: Glenrothes
Bottler: The Whisky Barrel
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 06/03/2019 by Tom

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