Overall rating
Blended Malt
R.N. MacDonald & Co (MacD)
Bottling serie
Finest Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
08 years old
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Nov 2018 10:01 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 44.79

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Whisky Reviews for Glencoe 08-year-old MacD

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.96 points

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great, fresh and spicy nose, powerful spicy taste, long, sticky sweet woody finish with plum and slight bitterness.
    Great blend with good PLV. Unfortunately a bit too sharp. Water does not really help, because it makes it more bitter.

    Edit: After the bottle has been open for some time, the bitterness has gone and the addition of water makes it better. With water I would raise to 88 points
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, dark fruit, spicy, nutmeg, hair spray, plum syrup, slightly metallic, herbs, malt, clove, sultanas, flowery, grated lemon zest, green, fresh pine needles. I imagine smelling faint smoke and light sulfur.
    • Taste
      85 85
      fresh, tart sweetness, spicy, very spicy, menthol, vanilla and malt, creamy, tannins, dark, dark chocolate, dried plums, tart honey
    • Finish
      84 84
      long, woody, plums, slightly bitter, burned matches

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  This review is on the most recent edition of a Glencoe as it was served at the end of a distillery tour today.

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows fast thick legs and very late tiny tears.  The nose is quite punchy due to the high abv and offers a modern sherry profile with a nutty spike ... and the usual slight sulphury aromas (not nice, but bearable at least).  It arrives hot but mouth coating, not too bad (as the Aussies would state!).  The taste is again on nutty sherry flavours with stronger (and this time annoying) sulphury aromas.  Same on the finish - so all you lovers of the smell of hell, this one's for you!  I will not go for a second dram simply to nurse my tastebuds...  With water it gets a little better (sweeter, even nuttier and the sulphur is less annoying). 

    By the way, without the devil's ingredient this dram might have scored some 87 to 88 points...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      74 74

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Already a funny thing. Absolutely a bottle of it I do not need. But for the price already an interesting experience. It was fun.
    • Nose
      Moldy grapes. Wet wooden walkway. Penciled pencil with eraser. Wet leaves. Spices. Citrus notes. Overall, a freshness that makes it clear that the whiskey is not very old.
      After the first few sweats less extroverted.
    • Taste
      Something forest honey. Then a bitter-sweet-sour mixture that is somehow interesting. Something like dark chocolate with raisins and citrus. Again spices. Now more woody. Some sulfur also gets through.
    • Finish
      First come again briefly citrus fruits and salivation begins. Roasted coffee beans. Then a woody dryness.

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 3/5 Whiskey n ° 1715
    • Nose
      Pretty solid on caramel with an unexpected note of cognac. Vegetal, bay leaf, sage.
    • Taste
      Beautiful intensity, without complexity. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Finish
      Bitter on the coffee.

  5. SRB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice ’touristic’ bottle with the beautiful landscape of Glencoe showing on the bottle. Hopefully the whisky is as beautiful as that part of nature but I am a little sceptic about that.
    • Nose
      Neat: Definitely a sherry driven nose. Instantly you smell the young and restless alcohol on the nose. It’s far from well integrated. It spoils the nose a bit. Earthy, meaty character with Arabic spices. It’s got a heavy and punchy nose. Restless is the word here.
      With water: it gets softer but still there is no harmony between alcohol and flavors.
    • Taste
      Again young, spirity, and again poorly integrated alcohol spoil the taste. This is just not a dram to enjoy neat, it is in desperate need of water.
      With water: I really thought this would make a big difference but it doesn’t. It even turns out a little sulphurry.
    • Finish
      Neat: warm, alcoholic, Spirity finish. Muddy flavors and a slight hint of peat. Not a lot to get from.
      With water: a little more spices and some orange fruits. Maybe even a hint of rum chocolates but nothing to go home for.

      Glad I only have a sample.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    I meet a guy just doing blends today. Nice focus! I join him in trying the Glencoe 8yo. I muse over how many stands one could visit to try only STR/Jim Swan-legacy whiskies. Quite a few as it turns out!

    C: Very similar distillery character to both previous Ben Nevis 10’s. The abv puts this in between the 10 and the 10 CS vintage, those two extra years [and no grain] really paying off for the slightly older single malts. Having said that, this is a very decent malt-forward age-statement blend. All three would make quite a flight/set.

  8. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Colour: amber.
    Nose: fruits rottenness, ripe fruits, varnish, dried fruits, apricot, caramelised pears, oak and spices
    Mouth: sweet, dried fruits, dryness, furniture varnish, chocolate and pepper.
    Finish: long with spices, pepper, chocolate, dried fruits and dryness notes.
    Glencoe is a very tasty and good balanced whisky. It’s strong and easy drinkable.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Yup, this is also a new bottle and yes hs305 is correct there is some sulphur in this one, perhaps water will tame it a little.
    Water does indeed release a nice sweetness but the sulphur is still there and I am not sensitive to it either.
    Don`t worry it is not ruined but the score is pegged because of it, not a patch on the old red label 100 proof.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  10. Joschbert scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Despite its high alcohol content, it does not sting, but it benefits from the addition of water and tolerates much of it. After some time in the glass or in the bottle, develop beautiful nutty sherry flavors. Reminiscent of the old bottling of 10-year-old Ben Nevis, but is more impetuous. A great blended malt that can easily compete with older and comparable priced single malts.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Organic notes, sulfur, burnt rubber, ripe cheese (towards Gruyère), berries - very intense but not pungent troz 58%
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruity "youthful" notes (reminiscent of Newmake), then darker with nutty sherry notes, tart berries - towards blackcurrant, dried fruit, typical Ben Nevis herbal tea notes - with water a little pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long with nutty sherry, dried fruit, berries and oak notes


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