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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.

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%

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

The Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2014)
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$365.23

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve

70cl, 43%

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve is on the higher end of their Travel Retail range, made with well-matured single malt, most of which was aged in Spanish oak casks. An excellent expression,…  More info

The Glenrothes Minister's Reserve
$140.94

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 50.6%

An independent bottling of 27 year old Glenrothes malt whisky matured in a single cask from June 1988 to September 2015. Part of Gordon & Company's Golden Pearl range of well-aged malt whiskies, it…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 7856) - The Pearls Of Scotland Golden Pearl Collection (Gordon & Company)
$400.65

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$80.80

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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$144.58

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.4%

Independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, distilled in 2002 and matured for 14 years until 2016, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead. 516 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$62.72

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$65.28

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.9%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1988 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a butt cask until 2015. 629 bottles were produced, and the whisky was given the name 'Marmalade…  More info

Marmalade Appeal 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$140.27

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.5%

A single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1996, lovingly matured in a Sherry hogshead and bottled in 2014 at 55.5% ABV. Yummy Sherried Glenrothes - perfect…  More info

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was aged in a refill Sherry butt for 18 years, from October 1997 to February 2016, and has been bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$52.41

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy

70cl, 46.7%

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

The Glenrothes John Ramsay Legacy
$874.78

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

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

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
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$63.17

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

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…  More info

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$120.90

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%

A gift pack from the ace Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, containing a 70cl bottle of the Select Reserve and two branded tumblers to enjoy said whisky from.  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$41.87

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.5%

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

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery June 1997 before a 17 year maturation in a single refill Sherry butt. It was selected by Signatory and bottled for their Un-Chillfiltered range in 2015.  More info

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.3%

A Small Batch bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, aged for 26 years (from 1989 to 2015). We have WM Cadnehead to thank for bottling this tasty Speyside expression -…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Toasted Anise 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

This is an indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery presented by Wemyss Malts. It was drawn from a single hogshead cask, which was filled in 1996 and emptied in…  More info

Toasted Anise 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$84.08

The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve

70cl, 43%

For the Glenrothes Oldest Reserve, the distillery in Speyside has combined well-aged whisky from a variety of years to create a rather special, exciting dram. The years are as follows: 1967, 1972,…  More info

The Glenrothes Oldest Reserve
$209.67

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Sherried Glenrothes, matured in a refill Sherry butt for 10 years. It was put into said Sherry butt by the distillers in Speyside in spring 2004 and left to mature until autumn 2014, when…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19014) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.7%

Ooh, 25 year old Glenrothes here, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. This Speyside single malt was allowed to age in a single hogshead cask from September 1990 to January 2016,…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19014) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes Alba Reserve

70cl, 40%

A surprising release from Glenrothes - this is comprised entirely of ex-Bourbon whiskies (matured in Bourbon casks). The name Alba makes reference to Quercus Alba, the Latin name for American Oak.…  More info

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
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