The Glenrothes 1974 Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Single Malt

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection // Speyside, Scotland


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This bottling of The Glenrothes was distilled in 1974 and aged in a refill sherry puncheon. Aged for 44 years before bottling in 2018. Barrel #18440 yielded just 276 bottles. The Private Collection from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail is a series of greatly aged single malts from celebrated, little known, or closed distilleries selected by members of the Urquhart family. This is one of two bottles released at the end of 2018 with the updated look for the collection.

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  • Single Malt
    Distilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    refill sherry puncheon

Tasting Notes

"Quite the example of elegance, with notes of juicy plums, milk chocolate praline, and kumquats. The lightest touch of soy, and just a whiff of cappuccino and caffé mocha, before continuing down a slightly more earthy dunnage warehouse path. The palate is thick and juicy, with cinnamon and grapes, while the oak tannins are quite powerful. Polished leather, dark chocolate, figs and black pepper are also present. Excellent whisky with a beautiful balance and complexity you'll don't often find anymore."

Score 90

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