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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 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
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Glenrothes 1995
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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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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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A very special whisky from Glenrothes, named for their outgoing malt master John Ramsay.

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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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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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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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A 1988 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Matured in a mixture of Spanish Sherry oak and American oak casks, this whisky has developed a great deal of...  More info
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Glenrothes 1975
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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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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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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 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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£47.12
Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a fabulous little travel retail exclusive, named for European of Spanish oak, Quercus Robur. This is aged with a good proportion of first fill Oloroso sherry casks…  More info
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£57.45
This was distilled at Glenrothes in May 1996. It was then aged for 12 years in a refill butt before bottling in February 2009 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This is a single cask release of...  More info
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A single cask Glenrothes, distilled on the 19th May 1995 and aged for 16 years in a first fill sherry butt before bottling on the 26th January 2012. A release of 827 individually numbered bottles from...  More info
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£35.59
Glenrothes 1979
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Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less.  More info
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£378.43
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 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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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
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