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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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