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08 Jul 2013

Glenrothes 8 years (G&M)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenrothes

Before the introduction of its vintage concept in 1994, Glenrothes had an official 12 years old expression bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd as well as several releases by independent bottlers.

Gordon & MacPhail had this Glenrothes 8 years old from the late 1960’s until recently (in the MacPhail’s Collection). The bottle reviewed here was bottled mid 1970’s.

 

Glenrothes 8 years (G&M)Glenrothes 8 yo
(40%, Gordon & MacPhail, mid 1970’s)

Nose: very grainy and pretty rough. Cereals. Big notes of apple peel and citrus (lime peel). Golden syrup. Also a green, vegetal edge. Mouth: surprisingly sweet. Lots of honey. Again rather malty, with some vanilla custard, toffee, candy sugar and cooked fruits. Hints of coconut cream. Finish: medium long, neutral and sweet.

An interesting dram, not for its quallity, but for educational purposes. Distilled late 1960’s, its profile is rather close to the 1950’s and 1960’s blends I could try. I always thought the peculiar blended profile was mostly due to the grains (which were young and plenty back then) but apparently the young malts in the blends, like this Glenrothes, must have been responsible for it as well. Fetches up to € 200 in auctions, expensive for what it is.

Score: 71/100

Glenrothes 8 years (G&M) 1.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-07-08

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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