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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 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt for 18 years until the cask was emptied by…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.25

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 64.3%

Distilled at Glenrothes on 24th September 2007 and bottled by A.D. Rattray 7th September 2016, this Speyside single malt spent well over 8 years in a single Sherry butt, finally yielding 607 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$54.53

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's

70cl, 53.7%

Very well Sherried single malt from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery, aged for 19 years in a single Sherry butt. It was independently bottled by Yorkshire-based bottler Claxton's, with an outturn of…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's
$95.91

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%

A Signatory bottling of 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 1990 and cracked open in August 2016. It was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$92.22

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%

A single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt, which was aged for a quarter of a century! This was distilled in March 1991 and set aside to mature for 25 years until August 2016, when Gleann Mór…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$128.58

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$86.67

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Sherry cask matured Glenrothes from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. Distilled February 2005 and disgorged from the single cask in December 2015, the outturn was 715 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 10955) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.16

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes, matured in a single butt cask from 1988 to 2015, and was then bottled by Wemyss Malts. They've given it a name based on its flavour profile and inspired…  More info

Spiced Rum Baba 1988 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$137.15

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)
1
$357.15

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.7%

Distilled at Glenrothes in 1990 before a 25 year maturation in a single cask! It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2016, and there are just 237 bottles, all at natural cask…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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)
$391.79

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)
$79.01

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
2
$141.38

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11483)

70cl, 43.8%

Very well-matured single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, distilled in 1969, matured in cask #11483 and bottled in January 2014. Only 69 bottles were produced, and have been very handsomely…  More info

The Glenrothes 1969 (cask 11483)
$4,125.32

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.)
$63.84

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)

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)
$51.25

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
$855.43

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)
5
$61.77

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)
$118.22

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
$40.94

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)

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