Douglas McGibbon Glenrothes Tasting Notes

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Glenrothes, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2004 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0946/ Dist: May 2004 Btl:Dec 2012/ Tasted: Dec 2012

A dark nose of burnt treacle, leather, old wood, dried fruit and liquorice. Slightly high toned  spirit coming through.

The palate is chocolaty with burnt treacle and dried fruit. Heavy on the wood spices and tannins with just a very light sulphur blemish. Those tannins dry the finish but some Amontillado-esque sweetness pops up to off-set the bitterness. Lovely aftertaste of pure Bourneville cocoa powder.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2004 (9 year old) 61.2%

Sherry/ Code: PRV1077/ Dist: May 2004 Btl: Jan 14/ Tasted: Feb 14

A dense nose of treacle toffee Oloroso sherry with hints of burnt sugar and sweet vanillins. Extremely treacly now with hints of dried tropical fruit and nut mix. With time some sour citrus, light balasamic and fern/ bracken notes appear.

The palate is soft and juicy, opening with the dried fruit and treacle. Quite woody and dusty with a soft rawness to the Oloroso character. Becoming a little rum-like on the middle with a rich fruitcake demeanour. Very treacly finish with hints of burnt sugar and a touch of herbal, marc-like, botanical spirit on the finish.

A drop of water sweetens the sherry aromas and flavours, giving it more of a Pedro Ximinez feel. Monstrously big with buckets of burnt wood spices now showing on the palate.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenrothes 2001 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0758/ Dist Aug 2001 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

A fresh and grassy nose with a lovely citrus twist. With time some pepper, earth and toffee aromas emerge.

The palate is fresh and fruity with apple and white fruit. The middle displays a good peppery intensity along with some toffee’d gristy barley. Pretty straightforward with a good and the pepper notes lingering.

Douglas McGibbon Provanance Glenrothes 2004(?) (10 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV1105/ Dist: 2004(?) Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

A clean nose of dried fruit, coffee and sweet, malty treacle. Hints of plums, robust sherry spice and with time a slight herbal intimation. 

The palate is very coffee’d with treacle and sherried dried plum and raisin. In fact it is very raisinated on the middle. A little tart citrus comes through on the finish with a herbal note. Chewy, malty after-taste.


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