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
What they say:
The MacPhail’s Collection from Glenrothes Distillery
8 Years Old, Strength 43%
Refill Sherry Hogsheads and Refill Bourbon Barrels.
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’