Overall rating
90.21/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB5520
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Reserve
Vintage
28.12.1978
Bottled
27.08.2008
Calculated age
29 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
19236
Number of bottles
415
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
JH/CEJ
Barcode
5020613440623
Added on
17 dec 2008 2:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 308.28

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Whisky reviews for Glenrothes 1978 GM

27 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.21 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Too bad.

    I would have expected a lot more here.

    The malt is solid, but too alcoholic and spicy.
    (Some) water makes him significantly better.
    The pepperiness remains (unfortunately) anyway.

    Unfortunately, that could also be a very modern barrel.
    Unfortunately, you don't notice much of the 70s spirit and almost 30.

    This one with a little more dark notes and a little less steam would be just right.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Old, you can tell. Strong, with very well integrated alcohol and very balanced. Sweet, but also spicy. Old leather armchairs and dry tobacco. A spice market. Creamy, and then the fruits come out, raisins, plums and everything rolled in brown sugar. Dark rock candy and some maple syrup - it stays sweet but also with a little spice.
    I don't notice anything bad from the barrel or from too much oak, the age here shows all strengths and no weaknesses. Oranges and other tropical fruits show up, this is where the age-related complexity comes out and that's just great! with a little more time in the glass it becomes even softer and a touch sweeter with more vanilla sugar, but the beautiful sherry aromas remain present and always bring that beautiful dark note with them.

    taste
    Again perfect alcohol - extremely well integrated but nice power and a real explosion of flavors in the whole mouth. This power is surprising for old age, but it fits very well. It starts out rather tart and spicy, with tobacco and leather. Rock sugar and cooked plums are there, but not as sweet as they are on the nose. The spice market is in the foreground again, which reminds me of beautiful Sherry Glen Morays - very tasty! A shot of espresso and then the fruit comes out again, led by a great orange. Slightly bitter, but rather a slight note of bitter orange without oak. Dangerously tasty, everything fits together here, and yet many aromas alternate nicely - this is how an old whisky should taste.

    Exit
    Medium length, with bitter orange, leather and black chocolate. Still perfectly integrated alcohol, some mint shows up and suggests some alcohol, but only in the background. After swallowing, a little mint or after eight sticks to the palate.
    The raisins caramelized in the brown sugar also stay there and alternate with the various spices.

    Conclusion
    A wonderful old sherry dram - everything fits! Easy to drink and with a lot of fun exploring.
    N-91, T-90, F-90 for tasty 90 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. JungleDram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fruits salad leaning on the cooked tropical side with sweet sherry, great

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    really steamy - nice flavors from the style could also be from the 90s
    • Nose
      91 91
      mineral citrus-heavy base note, behind it sweet nutty dirty undefined sherry - at first appears only moderately valuable and not particularly old
      after a few minutes and with a little warmth it opens - deep, powerful, subtly tart red groats, Christmas spices, subtle floral notes
    • Taste
      91 91
      lots of peppery tobacco, leather, cherry jam, ground old dry wood, dates, mulled wine, gingerbread, here again peppery mineral notes under the sherry barrel, chocolate, coffee
    • Finish
      89 89
      Wax, pepper, geranium leaves, autumn leaves, leather, sandalwood, cherry juice - long and gentle

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Below 90 points seems underrated...

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    This is the fruit salad type of whisky which I like very much - some of the greatest scotch whiskies are of this type... reminds me very much on the Glenrothes 1979 Cask 3808
    - excellent!
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, cooked oranges, tropical fruits, passion fruit, ripe bananas, hints of vanilla, fine oak wood - great!
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, creamy, fresh fruit salad, all kinds of fruits, little vanilla again, peppery, spicy, good sweetness, smooth wood - just superb!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, not drying at all - still fruity and smooth - really surprising at this high abv (59.9%!)

  9. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    The cask has the upper hand here, but not entirely.
    • Nose
      Winey and sirupy. Slightly musty. Quite bit of mould actually. Spicy and
      little bit of beef. Tobacco. A lot of chocolate. A very heavy nose,
      that is also quite spirity. There is also a note of gravy. Old wooden
      chest.
    • Taste
      Spicy and beefy again, which is good. If i want heavy sherry, it should
      be like this. Herbal and spirity. There is an edgy freshness that i came
      to associate with Glenrothes. It is subdued though, hanging on to dear
      life. Still quite lively despite the almost overwhelming cask.  Lots
      plums in there. Some pepper and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Very long. More plums, in form of plum brandy and lots of chocolate with dry herbs in the aftertaste.

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  Glenrothes is a distillery that can produce great malts, unfortunately it does this not very often so most of its stuff is rather average only (for me, others might have a different view and this is well respected).

    This dram is...one of the great ones.  A perfect, almost flawless sherry that is imbedded in a creamy malt with notes of home-grown fruits and spices. All accompanied by a nice sweetness and a sound wooden structure, that is what a malt lover's heaven is made of.  Very enjoyable, please do more of this, Mr. Glenrothes...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Best with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER (a few drops)

    Nose - No change

    Palate - Much better and smoother, still the same tast buy more syrupy and slightly sweeter

    Finish - Long and sweet

    Best with a few drops of water, a lovely whisky
    • Nose
      Jammy, prune, ripe plum, blackcurrant and it actually smells like bourbon to me.
    • Taste
      Very lively at 60% dark Jam again, toffee, fig, prune, juicy sultanas and a very slight bitterness from the wood.

      Gets sweeter with time on sweet spices and hints of ginger
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy

  14. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. p4blo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, complex old style sherry bomb.
    • Nose
      Old style sherry, dry on sour cherries, old books, cellar, old cognac, tobacco, some christmas cake and hints of demerara sugar.
    • Taste
      Rich, balanced and intense. Very fruity with tons of berries, stewed prunes and dates, spices with cinnamon, clove, again old cognac, milk chocolate and americano coffee.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Sweet and sour interplay, dates, sour cherries vs candy sweetness. Spicy cinnamon and ginger add up to the great impression.

  16. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  18. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Peter87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    New review - 3 months after opening the bottle.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Now the bottle is open for three months, and now this Whisky is great!

    Very strong, very dense, very powerful, very dark, very sweet and also very spicy … - and very much 'old' character.
    • Nose
      Hazelnut chocolate, cherry jam, spicy honey, chocolates, old wardrobe with some mothball, some BBQ (with sauce of curry, paprika and tomato paste), scouring powder - just mixed with water, old sultanas, conifers needles up to a bath additive, solvent up to cosmetic alcohol and towelettes, Rheinischer Sauerbraten, mushroom vegetables with vinegar, spicy oak; very dense, powerful and with a lot of barrel-spice; perfect balance of sweetness and spice (also herbal spices), wonderfully spicy leather (coated with plum) ...
    • Taste
      Cherry juice, jam, Sherry, fruit brandies, citrus (grapefruit, sour orange, in between also lemon), very dry, wood, pepper, leather, cigar, hay, some molasses, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, Paxarette, some peat and smoke, some coffee grounds, old raisins, old coats and cushions, nuts and almonds, old burlap bags in the basement.
    • Finish
      Citrus, much fruit sweetness, spiciness, tart, vegetables, radicchio, nut, cocoa powder, dark cake, cognac, a little rum, idea dark sherry, slight bitterness, pepper, pickled fruit in alcohol, sage, cough drops, molasses (or brown sugar).

  23. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    FineSpirits_butler1 and me opened the bottle tonight (23. May 2015) -

    for us it is not possible to give a rating after this first tasting:

    interesting dram with a lot of (red) fruits & berries, wood, and many other flavors, but very 'unstable' and with such an amount of (dried) flowers and a strange 'artificial' sweetness (fruity drops & chewing gum)! Very (!) sharp!

    We will wait with our tasting notes and our ratings for a few months -

    hopefully the time will manage to 'settle' the Whisky down!

    (My beloved 1972 'Restricted Reserve' showed a similar behavior …)

  25. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A good old-fashioned sherry bomb. This is just wonderful stuff.
    • Nose
      Old wood, damp leaves, shoe polish and aniseed. Also some tobacco. Definitely and older, dirtier style of sherried whisky. Intense, and with such dark a color, it is hard to believe that this comes from a refill cask. Some cinnamon, along with dried fruits, prunes and raisins. This is a monster.
    • Taste
      Black tea and mint with dark roasted coffee, mocha and bitter chocolate. Cherries and red forest fruits. It is pretty woody, bottled just in time. Also very syrupy, in a way that it reminds me of some Kavalan Solist Sherry Casks I've had.
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly bitter, dry and oaky. Pretty spicy with a hint of sweetness.

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  27. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff, so full and treacly and it isn't even first fill.
    • Nose
      Prune, cherry, raisin, red apple, raspberry, orange, leather, oak, mocha, tobacco and a little dark chocolate. A light vegetal touch and a slighty perfumed whiff as well.
    • Taste
      Prune, cherry, orange, date, leather, apply syrup and pepper.
    • Finish
      Prune, apple syrup, mocha, dark chocolate, cherry, leather, cinnamon and pepper.

  28. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    compared with Glenrothes 1968 DT and Glenrothes 1988 Arc
    • Nose
      cherries, orange, coffee, chocolate, some caramel and almond paste
    • Taste
      cherries, orange, spices - cloves, dried fruits and chocolate -  rum beans
    • Finish
      medium drying with dried fruits, orange, some honey and caramel

  29. rg-80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    One of the best sherried whisky´s I've ever tasted. The nose is full of aged fruits and chocolate. The taste is a sherry play at it´s best. A long warm finish. Nobody I gave it for testing was able to estimate the whisky at 59,9% goes down like 40% with all the intensiveness of a cask strength. Simply I loved it.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Really a nice old sherryvat!
    • Nose
      Raisins, fudge, apple, citrus, rum
    • Taste
      Cognac,
      plums, marmalade, cherry, hot
    • Finish
      Long. Slowly hints of Rumbeans above. Beautiful long warm finish.
      Lovely nuanced
      Glenrothes.

  31. Jeep51 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not the most complex, it's rather melted, but super nice to drink despite the 60%
    • Nose
      Apricot jam, honey, wax, a little chocolate. It's really very greedy. Alcohol is not present at all. With more aeration, slightly earthy and vegetal.
    • Taste
      Place with fruits: apricots and tangerine in mind. It's sweet, even syrupy, without being sickening. Spicy, slightly woody. It's very good! A little chocolate too. It's super well balanced.
    • Finish
      Wood and fruit, rather long

  32. Cobo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Loads of Sherry, Oak with hints of Berryfruits, Leather
    • Taste
      Sherry again, Blackberrydrops, with some water it gets sweeter, chocolate
    • Finish
      long with a bit of bitterness and oak, after some time it gets more creamy and sweet

  33. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A real sherry player with hints of sweetness,
      hot spices, salt, mint, cherry in chocolate, throat syrup, dried fruit compote,
      prunes and light paint thinner.
    • Taste
      It starts with sweet pears, hot sensation
      in palate, fruits, dryness, hot paprika, roots, cherries, apricots, sweetness, mead,
      tangerine and malted barley.
    • Finish
      Very long and sweet with a little bit of
      dryness in the aftertaste.

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