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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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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
Single cask from the Glenrothes distillery, this was distilled on New Year's Eve 1989, matured in recharred butt number 24377 for 20 years and bottled by Signatory on the 9th April 2010. A release of...  More info
Glenrothes distilled in 1998 and initially aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Sauternes casks from the premier cru winery Château d'Yquem. This was bottled in 2009 at the Bruichladdich...  More info
The Glenrothes distillery is known for its winter spice and classic Speyside flavour. This 15 year old was bottled by Cadenhead for their new Duthies range of single malts.  More info
A Speciality Drinks bottling from Glenrothes. This was distilled on the 12th November 1990 and aged for 18 years in cask number 3331 (a refill sherry cask) and bottled on the 20th April 2009. An...  More info
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$78.32
A 1969 vintage from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Very spicy and rich, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info
$186.92
A spicy, woody Glenrothes single cask. This was distilled in December 1975, matured for 32 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2008. A release of 253 bottles.  More info
A high proof Signatory bottling from the Glenrothes distillery - known for their spicy, rich Speyside whisky. This was distilled on the 16rh February 1995 and matured in two bourbon barrels (casks...  More info
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A 33 year old, single cask Glenrothes! This was bottled by Signatory, from single sherry butt number 12368. Just 549 bottles were released, all at cask strength.  More info
A vintage Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory. This was single cask number 1096, a refill butt. Distilled on the 28th January 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling on the 9th December 2009. A...  More info
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
$186.87
A rare bottling from the Glenrothes distillery, distilled in 1961 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Rare Old whisky range.  More info
A 30 year old from the Glenrothes distillery, aged in first fill sherry casks, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$154.24
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling and a 1965 vintage from Glenrothes matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads.  More info
Glenrothes distil the quintessential spiced Speyside. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 23 years in sherry casks.  More info
$937.54
Glenrothes 1994
(70cl, 43%)
A 1994 vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, this offers a wonderfully lemony/spicy/fresh palate - a great addition to the range!  More info
$63.08
Distilled on 21st July 1985 and bottled on the 31st May 2005, a superb Speyside single malt from Glenrothes.  More info
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Glenrothes 1991
(70cl, 43%)
Metallica's The Black Album, Terminator 2, this delicious whisky - 1991 was a good year. Exhibits all of the classic Glenrothes flavour. This was bottled in 2007.  More info
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Glenrothes 1975
(70cl, 43%)
A 1975 vintage from Glenrothes. This is part of a rare release of 3,708 bottles, bottled in 2006.  More info
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$654.00
This Glenrothes has been bottled from a single cask by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut series. Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky from the town of Rothes.  More info
$182.74
Glenrothes 1979
(70cl, 43%)
Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less.  More info
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$629.03
A 1969 vintage from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Very spicy and rich, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$343.36
This was distilled at Glenrothes in May of 1987 and aged for 25 years in a single cask (cask 5839) before bottling in May of 2012. A release of 237 bottles at natural cask strength, bottled for Duncan...  More info
A superb 1982 vintage from Glenrothes, distilled on the 17th April and bottled 14 years later on the 20th August 1996. The distillers describe this as "Ripe, fruity. Vanilla notes." Sounds good to...  More info
$240.94
A spicy, warming single cask Glenrothes from the Dimensions series. This was distilled in May 1987 and was aged in cask 5840 for 24 years before bottling in March 2012. A release of 193 numbered...  More info
$232.03
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