Vintage 1978

1978 - 2008


Character: Rich vanilla, fruit compote and
intense spice

Checked: Alan Reid 3/11/78

Approved: John Ramsay 7.1.08

Bottled: 2008



Label Info


Glenrothes, 1978 Vintage (Scotland)
The latest ‘vintage’ 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, “Back 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.

1978 - 1999


Character: Bottom minds of vanilla

Checked: Duncan Stevens 18/2/78

Approved: R.H.Fenwick 19.8.98

Bottled: 1999



Label Info

Whiskyfun by Serge

Glenrothes 1978/1999 (43%, OB, restricted release) Colour: gold-amber. Nose: very similar to the old 8yo despite the extra-12 years in wood. Maybe even drier. Takes off very slowly, with a gentle honeyness and hints of pollen and dandelions. Smoked tea, herbal teas (chamomile), roasted nuts, hints of orange zests and fresh butter. Rather subtle, certainly not big. Actually, this one is curiously ‘silent’, even after a good fifteen minutes. Restricted indeed ;-). Mouth: again, this is no big whisky, but it’s a bit more talkative than on the nose. Malt, ‘dark’ honeys, cappuccino, burned bread... Grows bigger at the middle, more candied and caramelised. Milk chocolate, nougat... Quite some tannins in the background, that make it a bit drying. Finish: rather short, malty and tea-ish. Comments: this one is obviously not the best Vintage bottling by Glenrothes in our opinion, lacks development. The 1972/2004 still rules! SGP:341 - 78 points.

Tasting Notes whisky-info

Geruch:   Sehr geiler Geruch (Entschuldigung für geil); Sehr fruchtig und reich an Aromen.

Geschmack: Sehr fruchtig, leichte Vanille Noten, Orange, Zitrone, Trockenfrüchte leicht malzig

Fazit: Super ein Traumstoff, den man haben muss. (leider sehr schwer zu bekommen)

*********(9,6 von 10)

Tastingnotes auf der Banderole



kleiner Hinweis:

Auch wenn auf der Banderole steht:"..and every bottle is individually numbered."

Sie werden keine Nummer finden! Beim 78er wurde es einfach vergessen aufzudrucken.

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