Glenrothes 1978

Overall rating
89.57/100
votes
204
Whiskybase ID
WB1707
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
03.11.1978
Bottled
2008
Calculated age
29 years old
Number of bottles
5600
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Approved: 07.01.08
Added on
02 may 2008 10:03 am
Uncolored

Average value

€ 603.96

36 × in wishlist

204 × member ratings

490 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1978

39 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.57 points.

  1. The_Independent scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Paulsen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Notes of a blind sample:

    The stuff is old and beautiful, tart herbaceous instead of sweet and sticky. Piement and laurel, slightly waxy, some furniture polish, walnut and sherry itself. Everything looks very "grown up" and set. I think I have a slightly higher drinking strength in the glass here too, my guess is 46%.

    But to guess the age, phew - I think well over 20, especially the finish is long and juicy, it literally drags on with dark chocolate and sherry flavors.

  3. whiskystore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a wonderful dram, nose full of promises, deep and elegant, prune, old figs, herbs, caramel, dried fruit, soft hint of mushrooms, herbal

    Thank you lincolnimp for this sample

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    22 20 21 20 83 - 2017 testing year

    22 21 21 21 85 - 2020 testing year

    good whisky, nice nose, then there are not enough stars from the sky, 30 years are hard to guess, but good!

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The first Glenrothes that cracked 90 points with me.
    No complaints here. None at all.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Yep, that's old alright. Definitely not swamped by sherry, develops rather on time-tested ex-bourbon wood with perhaps some refill butts thrown into the mix. Softly herbal and vegetal: mosses, ferns, a forest floor after the rain (petrichor), soft spices (caraway, cumin), wax, polish, and restrained but pronounced fruitiness (mango pureee, ripe banana and peach). The wood is perfectly soft and laid back for the stated age. Beyond that, I'd struggle to describe it more distinctly; it's all extremely interwoven and integrated by the time it's spent in the casks. Just a flawless and mellow old nose, what more can you say?
    • Taste
      93 93
      I'd have expected this to be frustratingly soft, but it's actually amazing on the palate. The natural strength can't have been much higher before dilution, I'd wager. Still super dense, thick and compressed, flavor-wise. Speaking only from memory, I find this richer and fuller than, for instance, the Glenglassaugh 30-year-old OB (42% version). Starts with refill-sherry fruitiness, gets then progressively spicier and more wood-driven, but without going over the edge, and ends with a grand finale of oily/waxy goodness that is hard to put into words. I could drink this by the case. Pure enjoyment.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The joys of old age. Unfolds mainly on spices, oils, and waxes. Respectably long, considering the low bottling strength.

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    sherry, herbs, spices, very nice

  8. karloff scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp.
    I can see why he is a big fan of old school Glenrothes, wonderful stuff.
    • Nose
      90 90
      This is a great fruity nose and it seems to have a touch of herb or spice mixed in which is really unusual.
      I'm no expert on nosing well aged whiskies not by any stretch but this smells old to me.
      If I was wearing a cap I would doff it.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This has the perfect balance of sherry notes and mixed spice.
      Really what more do you want, it's as simple as that.
      There is a bit of wood in the mix and now and again it will ask the spice if it could have this dance.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish everything just stays together, encore, encore until the final curtain call. Bravo.

  9. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Sherry, dark dried fruit, vanilla, honey, fresh berries and apricots, floral, light spice, a little walnut

    Taste:
    Also in the taste comes the sherry first, followed by a pleasant oak flavor, a light vanilla note, chocolate with approx. 50% cocoa, spices reminiscent of Christmas (clove, cinnamon), subtle leather flavor •

    Outlet:
    long and creamy spicy-sweet
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Old school! Spicy and intense, yet reserved and elegant. The fruity and sweet elements harmonize perfectly with the spicy wood tones, the mouthfeel is impressively mild and gentle. Tastes and likes!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Creamy caramel shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter long and oily "legs" occasionally run their way. Ripe apples and pears rise sweetly, apricots and mirabelles are added, cedar wood, sweet tobacco and cigar box are minimal. Malty with floral notes, caramel and mandarins, with a hint of vanilla and toffee. The sweet and fruity melange flatters the nose mildly and gently and makes you hungry for the first sip.
    • Taste
      Dried grapes and berries flow mildly and creamily over the tongue, milk chocolate combines with hints of tobacco and cedar wood, minimal subtle sharpness is shown on the tongue. Apricots and hazelnuts, followed by raisins and pears, slightly tart wood tones warm the palate. The aftertaste begins to appear malty.
    • Finish
      Minimally tart cedar and caramel rest on the tongue, a distinguished note of tobacco and grilled apricots end in walnuts and dry leaves and a few lumps of earth. The aftertaste remains only briefly and ends with a wonderful herbal and spice note.

  11. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Old style sherry, old style distillate. So many whiskies of the 70s or earlier have a nice waxy element you only seem to get out of very few distilleries these days. Great old school dram that isn’t earth shattering, but no less it’s not a common style anymore, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nicely waxy, soft herbs, juicy old sherry, quality vanilla, touch of varnish, old paint.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouthcoating and buttery. Nice full mouthfeel. Mouthwatering fruits, apple, strawberries, golden raisins. Herbal tones and honey.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nice finish. Full for the abv. Gentle oak spice mingles with waxed berry fruit salad. Still a little herbal. I like it.

  12. JimJaws scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, but had promised me a little bit more WOW with an almost 30 year old. Little disappointment, but still good stuff. In 2019 it was still temporarily available for € 199.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Some Glenrothes can be truly great and it seems this is one of them...

    ...and it is a very fine old-style sherried Glenrothes with an excellent nose and a slightly bitter touch in both taste and finish. Easy quaffable but way too pricey these days, as a drinker I am not willing to spend more than 120 Euro on a bottle like this...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a fine old-style sherry profile that is nicely balanced with the Glenrothes malt aromas and the cask impact. No flaw that I can find and after some breathing it releases more interesting aromas. Most of them are of the old Highland style like waxes, oils and chalk and they perfectly supplement the sweet winey and malty flavours. I suggest to give this dram at least ten minutes, better more. After more than 30 minutes the herbal impressions grow stronger but the nose stays balanced all the time.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is of that adorable old sherry profile too but with significantly more bitter herbal flavours than the nose offered. This turns the taste a little out of balance as the sweet notes cannot match this rather heavier wood impact. Nevertheless, still this is very enjoyable but you have to like some bitter notes. Adding a little water reduces these but it flattens the dram too, unfortunately. I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying mouthfeel (tannins) that is not distracting. The finish is long and adds significantly more spices (white peppers, ginger, chili) which is great. Again there is a drying moment towards the end, this time it is a little distracting.

  14. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Sandman23 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At last a really good Glenrothes, not thin at 43%, had a good ~ 30 years. :)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Floral. Waxy fruits, citruses, honey, sherry, green tea and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy and sweet. Fresh and dried fruits, citruses, matured oak, nutmeg and ginger.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length, fruity, spicy.

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I think you need to spend sometime with this one as I thought initially the nose was on the light side but if you give it time some fruit emerges and a slight red wine note.
    The palate is really nice as is the finish.
    No off notes and some classic Glenrothes spice mixes nicely with the sherry, the fruit is just right with some nice red berry but also a little orange.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    such a deep and elegant fruit bouquet is in this malt, that you want to smell deeper and deeper, the taste can not keep up with the great nose, here 46% would have done well. Overall, a nice, old-fashioned malt
    • Nose
      Applesauce (homemade), gooseberry, tangerines, peach, a lot of fruit, but not fresh but rather set, vanilla mixes in between, raspberries, always other, ripe fruit
    • Taste
      as creamy and dense as expected, yet balanced and dry fruity
    • Finish
      A good load of oak accompanies the malt slowly down, medium in length, pine nuts and Brazil nuts

  20. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    More beautiful, more yellow fruit, malt. It was also interesting that he was not too watery despite the "only" 43%. The start is certainly a bit restrained. Due to the age, it will be a lot more substantial than expected. I like it.
    • Nose
      Many fruits. For me they are rather yellowish. Apricot. Glazed yellow apple in butter. Canned mandarins. Physalis. Marshmallows. A little white tea. Sugar beets. Rotten wood.
    • Taste
      Pretty creamy. Caramel. Marzipan. Date. But then he comes with amazing strength for his "only" 43%. And brings a bit more harsh notes and a tingling on the tongue. Blood orange. Ginger. The oak is also spreading.
    • Finish
      Shower rods. Some earth. Citrus-rich Tonic Water. The oak makes it relatively dry.

  22. dramark scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky for the current offer price of 198 € PLV class, fits perfectly in the cooler season.
    • Nose
      89 89
      dark dried fruits, wood, honey, spices, dried flower
    • Taste
      88 88
      nice oily, intense notes of wood, honey, light cocoa note, tobacco
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, velvety, warm

  23. Silversurfer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    the barrel and the maturity are fully there, it takes time and has its corners and edges this is old school whisky and I like it
    • Nose
      ripe fruit, varnished wood, spicy (green herbs), nut, sweet and sherry (both light), vanilla and caramel as it is for Glenrothes
    • Taste
      oily and soft on the palate exotic fruit, licorice, nutmeg, tobacco, sweet, spicy (becomes stronger)
    • Finish
      medium to long Sherry, oak and spicy

  25. FrankDrebin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      94 94

  26. FrankDrebin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nice, very classic scotch, as you knew it from before, when you had time to camp, the barrels had quality and you did not go down to 46% or more. Insofar easy-drinking and easy-to-understand malt. Fits perfectly in the Christmas season. Today he would probably have been given more than 43 volts, but the 43 are always better than 40 and he has received over the strong, but not dead-blowing barrel influence a rich spice profile. Interestingly enough, I do not like the musty-earthy tone of Glenrothes whenever he stabs out - that's not the case here. You only notice in the background and some practice that it is a Glenrothes. Everything is beautifully integrated, balanced, old, ripe and round. How one would get the idea that this is not a sherry malt, remains to me a mystery. This is a typical, old sherry whisky, as it was 20 years ago everywhere and matured in (re-) refill barrels long. Hence the intense nut and spice aromas that I know and love from the Christmas market.
    • Nose
      Delicate, very ripe, flowery-fruity nose. Sherry, what else? I think there was a high refill share from the beginning. The whole then ripened so gives a classic scotch nose: Something dry plum, some sweet sherry, some brandy bean, grandpa's old cigar box. Everything very subtle. Not intrusive, takes time.
    • Taste
      At first mild start, soft but not expressionless. Initial sweetness, delicate fruit cake flavor, but rather the German variant with dried fruit, not the candied fruit from the UK. Let's say a little sweetened fruit cake. A little Christmassy, ​​then spices are increasingly coming into play, which testify to the long barrel storage: mild white pepper, dried ginger, cardamom, allspice, especially towards the end nutmeg. All a bit framed by a white, dry brandy aroma. The spices go over in a nutshell and fill the mouth without overwhelming it.
    • Finish
      Long three-component finish: Asbach-Brandy Bean with a light bittersweet aroma. Dusty cigar box from the grocery store and spice cake-nut mixture, but not over-sweet, but rather dry.

  27. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What begins with big cinema in the nose, unfortunately disappointed in the taste. Neither complex nor complex. Lots of oak and bitterness. Unfortunately, I could not find any more. At least the echoes due to the oak are long and warm. Overall disappointing.
    • Nose
      Fresh fragrant oak with light herbs. These are joined by maple syrup with walnuts. Fine nose!
    • Taste
      Strong start despite the 43%! Lots of oak and spice. Nutmeg, tobacco and walnut, but in the bitter.
    • Finish
      The echo reminds me of old school whiskys that look slightly metallic at the back and remind of Sparkling Water.

  29. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes by Glenrothes.
    • Nose
      Intense but approachable, spicy plums, with floral top note.
    • Taste
      Rich, mature flavour, oak, vanilla and white chocolate.
    • Finish
      Very long, rich, and sweet.

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    This one is clearly more on oak wood due to its age and thus less fruity than younger Glenrothes. Nevertheless I would consider this still a very good old style Glenrothes which I like.
    • Nose
      Rich, brown sugar, bananas, some citrus fruits, little vanilla
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, smooth, woody, just little sweetness, hints of vanilla, little fruitiness, more on cooked fruits
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth

  32. ZwiJo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Light and fruity, mainly oranges - but also a bit simple.

  34. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rich, oily, creamy, butterscotch, fruity (apricots), gooseberries, honey, vanilla, cinnamon
    • Taste
      Creamy, light, oaky, fruity, honey
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy (cinnamon, pepper)

  36. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage is the latest
    expression from the distillery and, with very limited availability, is
    almost certainly the very last Glenrothes from the 1970s. It comprises a
    small selection of casks, hand-picked by Malt Master John Ramsay, at
    the very peak of their maturity. John Ramsey describes it as "...rich
    vanilla, fruit compote and intense spice". The bottle is packaged in a
    copper and oak frame, reflecting the distillation and maturation which
    create the whisky's flavours. The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage has been voted
    the "Best Speyside Single Malt" at the World Whiskies Awards 2008, organised by Whisky Magazine.Rob Allanson describes 1978 Vintage as having "bags of oranges and plenty of mint. Deliciously floral and thoroughly Glenrothes."

    Whisky writer Dominic Roskrow adds "long, rich and spicy; dripping with class".
    Ronnie Cox's (Whisky Magazine's Ambassador of the year for 2008)
    tasting notes: "Masses of plummy spice and rich honeyed treacle on the
    nose. Wonderful, cooked fruit compote, caramel fudge and orange syrup.
    Silky delivery, with a long, spicy finish."

    "Another 70’s classic from The Glenrothes. Delicious, well structured and beautifully balanced."
    Marcin Miller, Founder of Whisky Magazine

  37. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Best speyside single malt whisky 2008 @ word whiskies awards

  38. boborban scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    whisky-pages

    Glenrothes, 1978 Vintage (Scotland)
    The latest intage� bottling from The Glenrothes distillery in the heart of Speyside will be the last from the 1970s, with previous releases having dated from 1979, 1972, 1973 and, most recently, 1976. According to the distillers, ack in 1994 the Vintage concept challenged the preconceptions of single malt Scotch whisky; it was inspired by the understanding of Berry Bros & Rudd � the wine merchant distributors of The Glenrothes � that, historically, variations in spirit and whisky flavour from one distillery were completely natural. In a Scotch whisky industry obsessed by consistency, few were prepared to admit that one bottling might be slightly different from the next. Other distillers have followed our example since.� This is the second 1978 vintage to be bottled by The Glenrothes and it offers a floral nose of malt, toffee and stewed fruits. Apricot jam and delicate smoke. Comparatively fresh and lively for its age. Citrus fruits, vanilla and honey are present on the palate, with intense and slightly smoky spiciness. The finish is long and rich, with lingering sweet spices and finally ground ginger. Another winner from The Glenrothes. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, �400.00, Berry Bros & Rudd, specialist whisky merchants.

  39. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It would be an absolute cracker
    if it were bottled at 46% or even 50%. At this strength it is still a top notch
    whisky, though. Around 340 EUR. Thanks a lot, Filip!
    • Nose
      The nose is creamy on
      butterscotch with fruit. Think sultanas and gooseberries mostly. A basket full
      of apricots and loads of sweet honey. There is also a herbal side to it that I
      cannot quite identify. Heather? Eaglefern (what?!). Nice touches of mint, vanilla
      and cinnamon and – if you leave it long enough – a bit of licorice. Anise. Yes,
      anise that gets louder all the time. What a beautiful, sweet, creamy and
      complex nose!
    • Taste
      The arrival, unfortunately, is
      rather weak. But the fruit and the wood go hand in glove, creating a beautiful
      balance. Honey becomes fruit becomes spices. Nice evolution. A touch of
      woodsmoke. Tobacco, maybe? Nice!
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully spicy
      and sweet and lasts impressively long.

  40. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense but approachable spicy plums, with floral top note
    • Taste
      Rich, mature flavour, oak, vanilla and white chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, rich and sweet

  41. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced.
    • Nose
      mellowed fruits, chestnut puree, caramel flan,faded vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very soft with a beautiful flow of flavours over the tongue.
    • Finish
      Dry,spicy and slightly bitter.

  42. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  43. Fagge83 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Very exciting and vibrant.
    • Nose
      Mature and well adjusted. Dried fruit. Big on the vanilla and some dry tobacco in the background.
    • Taste
      Rich and smooth. Bold and lively. Brown sugar and a lot of malt.
    • Finish
      Long, almost endless. Tobacco and sweet fruit.

  44. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  45. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A sweet and spicy Speysider. When I opened this during a high-end tasting with friends the other day, it was well received. Quite expensive though.
    • Nose
      Stewed fruits and apricot marmalade with dashes of honey. Less tropical than most 1968/69/70 Glenrothes, with much more beehive notes and a rather uncommon heathery note. Also intense spices (cinnamon, mint, aniseed, vanilla). Very light sherry influence (raisins, chocolate).
    • Taste
      Not the most powerful attack, but very balanced. We get sweet citrus fruits, plenty of honey again, some vanilla. This evolves into spicy fruit cake with a little ginger and liquorice. Is that a delicate whiff of smoke in the background?
    • Finish
      Half sweet, half spicy. Quite long.

  46. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I love Glenrothes for the orange, rich vanilla and spice. This is a great deal on a almost 30 yr old scotch. Much better than the leading 30yr old.

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