I want to recant the above comment where I said the MacPhail's 8yr was better than the Select Reserve.
I have now tasted this whisky in several environments, at various times of the day, and after different events.
This whisky makes a decent apertif. However, once you have had a dram or two of something, do not switch to this whisky. I found it only slightly better than Cutty Sark at this point. I gave some out to some friends, and the vote was split. One person wanted nothing to do with it, while others found it to be good to very good. Personally, I found it rather inviting in the late afternoon before dinner and as a first dram.
I gave one man a tasting of:
1) Glenrothes 8yr G&M bottling
2) Isle of Jura 10yr
3) Tomatin 12yr
4) Aberlour 10yr
After tasting each, I asked which one he wanted a full pour of. He could have chosen from any of the four, and he chose the G&M Glenrothes.
Last edited by jwise; 01-13-2011 at 09:34 PM.