The wood makes the whisky, Glenrothes 8yo

door | november 6, 2020

This sample was provided by Gordon & MacPhail in their Wood Makes The Whisky campaign. It’s an 8 year old whisky, bottled in 2011 for the MacPhails Collection. I don’t think at the I’ve ever had a dram of Glenrothes before I tasted this one but I did have one bottle of a 1972 Glenrothes in my collection. 1972 is my year of birth and originally I bought that one to remain closed untill I turn 50. Well it didn’t last that long…


  • Nose: A malty sweetness is here, a bit of honey as well. It’s like opening a fresh box of cereal for my kids. Honeypops…
  • Taste: It’s obvious this is a young spirit. It doesn’t have a lot of body. This whisky does have a nice spicyness in the palate but it’s not enough to make it a good whisky… Same goes for the vanilla sweetness. It’s there but it just doesn’t do it for me.
  • Finish: Surprisingly the finish is nice. The length is reasonably good and the malty sweetness is prominently there.

Maybe this whisky just hasn’t matured enough, maybe the refill sherry hogsheads couldn’t deliver more. And maybe, just maybe this whisky would have done better in the summer. Sitting in my garden on a nice summer evening and a fresh dram like this one in my hand…

Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for sending us this sample as a part of their Wood makes the whisky campaign.

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