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

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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.

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.

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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.

Colour:

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

Overall:

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