Everyone loves a good ghost story. Not too many are associated with distilleries, but The Glenrothes has one.
During the Boer war, a Colonel Grant from Rothes discovered an orphaned boy hiding in some bushes. Apparently, they hit it off, because Grant took the boy back to England with him after the war. His name was Byeway Makalaga and he became quite well-known in the town of Rothes over the years. He even joined the local football team. Finally, in 1972 he passed away. He was buried near the Glenrothes distillery in the town’s cemetery.
In 1979, two new stills were installed, and several workers reported seeing the ghost of Byeway on the grounds. University professor Cedric Wilson was called in to investigate the rumours. He decided that the new project had disturbed some leylines under the earth. He suggested that the stills be relocated elsewhere in the factory. Some time later, the professor visited the cemetery with several others from Rothes and looked out at the hundreds of tombstones. He then directly walked 70 yards to a distant grave marker and appeared to be talking to himself. Even though he had never before been in the cemetery, nor knew where Byeway was buried, he had eerily gone directly to his resting place. When he returned to the crowd of onlookers, he simply told them that the spirit was at rest now. And his ghost has never been seen since.
The Glenrothes 2001 (86 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: A nice balance of sweet and smoke.
Taste: Fruity, with a back-burner of heathery smoke and wood. There are almost two distinct layers here with a vanilla/cherry cobbler holding hands with a traditional Speyside whisky. The belle of the ball.
Finish: Long and with more of those fruity, black cherry notes. Memorable.
Overall: Well done, and a testament to the twelve years spent under the watchful eye of the master distiller.
GSN Rating: A
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