Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Review: Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenrothes Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection

ABV: 43%

Cost: £29.91 from Master of Malt

Score: 81/100


What they say:

The MacPhail’s Collection from Glenrothes Distillery

8 Years Old, Strength 43%


Pale Gold.




Fairly short.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.



Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Toasted malt with fruit aromas, hints of green apples and fresh coconut. A subtle salty sea air is also present.

TASTE without water

Sweet with floral and fruit flavours, banana and lemonade, and a slight walnut edge.

AROMA with water

Light and fruity with hints of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. A vanilla pod aroma lingers.

TASTE with water

Chilli spice with hints of blackberries and raspberries. Creamy with a milk chocolate edge.


What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This expression was distilled at the Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside and matured for a minimum of 8 years in both Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.


Antique yellow gold (9/20), fast medium-thickness legs


New paint/paint thinners, honey, barley malt, sweetness of golden syrup, fruity apple, pear, lemon zest, woody oak, citrus lemon juice, pancakes with lemon and sugar.


Smooth and a little viscous/oily, buttery, lemon juice on pancakes, almost orange zestiness, thin marmalade, malty, lightly toasted brown bread, Weetabix/porridge oats, cereal barley malt, breakfasty


Medium and zesty – a little heart-warming/spirit and vaporous with reflux a touch of vanilla on re-sampling


Youth-full and direct, bitter-sweet lemons but quite refreshing and lively/zesty this ended up being relatively one-dimensional ‘lemon juice on pancakes’


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