Glenrothes 8 Year Old The MacPhail’s Collection

Glenrothes 8 Year Old The MacPhail’s Collection (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2016)

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glenrothes Distillery
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection
  • ABV: 43%
  • Cost: £33.83


What they say

The MacPhail’s Collection from Glenrothes Distillery

8 Years Old, Strength 43%

  • Colour Pale Gold.
  • Body Light.
  • Finish Fairly short.
  • Cask Type Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.
  • Style Aperitif.

Official tasting notes:

  • 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.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Antique yellow gold (9/20), fast medium-thickness legs
  • Nose: 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.
  • Taste: 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
  • Finish: Medium and zesty – a little heart-warming/spirit and vaporous with reflux a touch of vanilla on re-sampling


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

Score 81/100

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