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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 to this, 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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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
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Single cask Glenrothes, taken from refill cask #10435, which matured the whisky for 16 years. It was filled in December 1997 and emptied in April 2014 by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range...  More info
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An Old Particular bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from a classic Speyside distillery - Glenrothes. This single malt was distilled in October 1997 and slumbered soundly in a refill hogshead until...  More info
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16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside; matured in a single cask. The cask was filled in 1997 and opened in 2014, when the whisky was bottled for the Coopers...  More info
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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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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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$78.50
Glenrothes 1998
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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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$70.42
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
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Rich, spiced and fruity Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for the award-winning Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies. It was matured for 21 years, from...  More info
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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
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This is a Celebration of the Cask Black Gold bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky; matured in a Sherry hogshead from June 1989 to March 2014. A very Sherried release of 266 bottles of...  More info
$345.83
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
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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
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A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Rothes. After maturing for 8 years in a combination of refill Sherry hogsheads and refill bourbon barrels...  More info
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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
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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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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
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Distilled at Glenrothes on the 28th January 1994, this was aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Signatory on the 7th April 2011. A release of 805 numbered bottles.  More info
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A 21 year old Glenrothes, distilled in 1989 and aged in a recharred butt before bottling at natural cask strength in 2011. A release of 592 bottles.  More info
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A 10 year old Glenrothes, finished in a Port Pipe. This was distilled in 1999 and aged in cask number 9253 before bottling by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company as part of a release of 360 bottles.  More info
From Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes this 10 year old Glenrothes, distilled in the Summer of 2001 and aged in a refill barrel before bottling in Autumn 2011.  More info
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This Glenrothes was bottled from an ex-Bourbon cask at ten years of age in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance series.  More info
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