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Glenrothes

The Glenrothes distillery is quite substantial; its ten stills have a capacity of over 5.6 million litres annually. The distillery runs at 90% of this and stores the maturing single malt whisky in the sixteen onsite warehouses. Despite this, Glenrothes preserves a rather artisan identity and have shied away from producing a traditional range. Perhaps it is down to current licensees, Berry Brothers and Rudd, the famed London wine merchants. Glenrothes single malt whiskies are offered as a range of vintages.

The ties with Berry Bros run deep, for during the 1920s they released Cutty Sark, the number one top-selling blended Scotch in America, in which Glenrothes is a major component. The Glenrothes distillery was founded in 1878 by James Stuart and Co. The group had licensed Macallan a decade prior. James Stuart, a principle of the group, left to focus his efforts on the Macallan distillery and three remaining members of the syndicate; William Grant, Robert Dick and John Cruickshank, formed William Grant and Co. Production commenced in 1879.

In 1887, William Grant and Co merged with Islay Distillery Co to form Highland Distillers Company. This included the Glenrothes distillery, as well as the Northern Ìleach distillery, Bunnahabhain. The capacity was increased with the addition of further stills in 1898. A year prior the distillery had suffered a devastating conflagration.

In 1922, Glenrothes experienced another disastrous fire; the No 1 bonded warehouse was destroyed and with it, 2,500 casks of Scotch whisky was set ablaze. During the latter part of the 20th century the Glenrothes distillery was gradually extended until the final two stills were installed in 1989. The official range is good and there have been several independent releases to boot.

Glenrothes Whisky Distillery

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About Glenrothes Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872300

Distillery Founded

1878

Distillery Capacity

5 600 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Rothes, Moray

Distillery Owner

The Edrington Group

Distillery Website

www.glenrotheswhisky.com

1878

James Stuart & Co., licensees of Macallan since 1868, begins planning a new distillery in Rothes. Robert Dick and William Grant, both from Caledonian Bank and the lawyer John Cruickshank are partners in the company. Stuart has financial problems so Dick, Grant and Cruickshank terminate the partnership and form William Grant & Co. while James Stuart focuses on Macallan. William Grant & Co. takes over the building of the distillery in Rothes.

1879

Production starts in May.

1884

The distillery changes name to Glenrothes-Glenlivet.

1887

William Grant & Co. joins forces with Islay Distillery Co. (owners of Bunnahabhain Distillery) and forms Highland Distillers Company.

1897

A fire ravages the distillery in December.

1898

Capacity doubles.

1903

An explosion causes substantial damage.

1922

A fire breaks out in one of the warehouses.

1963

Expansion from four to six stills.

1980

Expansion from six to eight stills.

1989

Expansion from eight to ten stills.

1999

Edrington and William Grant & Sons buy Highland Distillers.

2002

Four single cask malts from 1966 and 1967 are launched.

2005

A 30 year old is launched together with Select Reserve and Vintage 1985.

2006

1994 and 1975 Vintage are launched.

2007

A 25 year old is released as a duty free item.

2008

1978 Vintage and Robur Reserve are launched.

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Glenrothes 1988
(70cl, 43%)
Described by Glenrothes' Brand Heritage Director, Ronnie Cox as "a fantastic reminder of how beautifully The Glenrothes ripens from vibrant, zesty youth to rich, full-bodied maturity." This is a...  More info
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$182.86
A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.  More info
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$54.74
Glenrothes 1998
(70cl, 43%)
The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info
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$73.50
Glenrothes 2001
(70cl, 43%)
This edition of the Glenrothes range is their 2001 vintage single malt Scotch comes in the Speyside company's redesigned packaging. Ronnie Cox, the director at Berry Bros. & Rudd calls it "...complete...  More info
$103.94
Another corker from Wemyss. Distilled in 1988 and aged for 25 years in a single Sherry butt. Ginger spice abounds. Can't help but think they've got the flavour descriptor bob on here. 660 bottles were...  More info
$192.28
Glenrothes 1995
(70cl, 43%)
This 1995 vintage from Glenrothes was the first of their whiskies to be aged with a specific character in mind. This was made with 70% refill casks and 30% sherry-treated casks (American and Spanish...  More info
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$82.67
26 year old single malt from the picturesque Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It may not be in one of those fancy egg-shaped bottles Glenrothes are known for, but it's still a handsome chap, dressed...  More info
$375.92
A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay.

This whisky is the best of the best; John selected twenty second fill American oak casks and vatted them...  More info
$1162.02
Distilled in Spring 2004 and bottled in the Winter of 2013, this 9 year old Glenrothes was matured in a single Sherry butt and exhibits maturity beyond its years. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance...  More info
$114.91
Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outturn of 782 bottles, this 9 year old Glenrothes would be the perfect whisky for having with your breakfast. Outside of a Tiffany's jewellery store. Probably.  More info
$72.79
This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info
$79.80
Hunter Laing, Stewart Laing's new company after he and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them, have released their first Old & Rare bottlings. It as label that has always been reserved...  More info
$345.78
43 year old Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky? Good Heavens, who could say no to that? Distilled in 1970, this whisky has had an incredibly long maturation, so it's only fair that it's been bottled...  More info
$1909.24
16 years sat in a Sherry cask has imparted a slight rosy hue to this Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, which has been independently bottled by the fine folks at Signatory. Expect some sweet, spicy...  More info
$71.82
We are proud to present a single cask release of 25 year old Glenrothes single malt, bottled by us! It was distilled in June 1988, matured in a refill bourbon barrel and bottled in February 2014. Only...  More info
$174.55
Bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection, a range of vintage whiskies presented at their natural strengths, this Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1989 comes from cask 24382, a refill...  More info
$141.00
An 8 year old bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this Glenrothes single malt was aged in refill sherry casks.  More info
$41.48
A cask-strength Glenrothes, distilled in March of 1991 and aged for 21 years in cask 5155 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in June of 2012. A release of just 236 numbered bottles of fabulous single...  More info
$212.55
A single cask 8 year old Glenrothes presented in a handsome late 1800s-style ceramic decanter from Douglas Laing.

Also an excuse for some subtle alliteration.

"The Epicurean, Efficacious...  More info
$196.75
This is an 8 year old Glenrothes from the Provenance range and, despite the dearth of its years, it has a very deep, rich colour, thanks to a maturation in a single sherry butt. This was distilled in...  More info
$78.13
Matured in a single sherry butt for 16 years, this independently bottled Glerothes single malt is chock-a-block with gorgeous sherried notes. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered...  More info
$71.82
This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in December 1989 before a 22 year maturation in a refill sherry butt. It was bottled by Signatory in late 2012 and comes at natural cask strength. There...  More info
$122.16
This whisky hails from Glenrothes and was bottled by Signatory in 2012. Glenrothes suffered substantial damage thanks to an explosion in 1903 and then after a fire in 1922.  More info
$66.09
This 18 year old single cask was matured in a first fill Sherry butt, which held 775 bottles worth of delicious whisky when it was disgorged in August 2013. Bottled by Signatory for their...  More info
$71.82
A single cask Glenrothes from Duncan Taylor, bottled in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation as part of the Dimensions range. 191 bottles were produced.  More info
$188.77
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