Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Calculated age
29 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Dec 2008 2:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 308,27

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102 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1978 GM

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.10 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points 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%!)

  2. 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

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Below 90 points seems underrated...

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

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

  5. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


    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
    • 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.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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