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Glenrothes 1978 vintage

Sweet and spicy Speysider

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

7th Dec 2010

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The Glenrothes 1978 was the last release from the 1970’s vintages. In the past we’ve had vintages all years between 1970 and 1979 except for 1976. This 29 years old 1978 was chosen as the Best Speyside whisky in the 2008 World Whisky Awards.

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).

Mouth: 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.

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2 comments

@GlenS
GlenS commented

Great review thanks! I recently saw this particular expression for around AUD$400. Do you feel it's worth the price-tag? Cheers :-)

10 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

If you can get hold of an independent bottling of 1968-1969-1970 Glenrothes, these will be cheaper and better quality.

10 years ago 0

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