Review – Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Glenrothes 1974

Over the last few months Elgin based independent bottler and retailer Gordon & MacPhail have re-branded and redesigned each of its product ranges leaving its most prestigious, The Private Collection, until last.

To mark this re-branding two new expressions have been released. A 1974 Glenrothes, which will form the basis of this weeks review and a 1985 Inverleven, which I will review next week.

I’ve already written about Glenrothes Distillery on a few occasions so if you want to catch up you can read all of my previous posts here.

This particular expression was distilled in December 1974 and bottled in July 2018 making it 43 years old. It spent its maturation in a refill sherry puncheon, cask no: 18440 and is limited to 276 bottles. RRP is £1250.

Glenrothes 1974, (43 years old), IB – Gordon & MacPhail, 49.5% abv, press sample.

Gordon & MacPhail launch Private Collection Glenrothes 1974 - pack shot - HRfE

In the glass it is a wonderfully dark amber mahogany which leave long, slow and thick legs around the glass.

The nose is full of those deep and dark sherry led flavours. Dark chocolate, gentle cedar wood, cigars (Maduro leaf tobacco especially) there’s also some crystallised ginger with touches of spiced orange zest alongside some toasted nuts and a slight must.

Not as full bodied or as complex in the mouth as it was on the nose, much more gentle in nature. Initially its slightly spiced and the cedar wood from the nose has turned somewhat darker, perhaps a sort of mahogany. Theres a mix of dried fruits, the usual raisins but also some dates too. Theres an ever so slight touch of salted caramel that, along with the tannins leave a lingering dryness.

A medium finish with subtle ginger, lingering wood, charred vanilla pods and a twist of black pepper.

I am always left wondering if the Gordon & MacPhail warehouse isn’t some kind of Aladdin’s cave esque time capsule. The depth, age and variety of stock they have maturing there must be absolutely incredible. To be able to pull out the range of vintages from the huge range distilleries that they do is really starting to become their niche.

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  1. […] release from Gordon & MacPhail, alongside the Glenrothes 1974 I looked at last week, marks the relaunch and re-branding of their Private Collection […]

  2. Man, G&M are killing it with these oooold single casks!

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