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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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Despite being only 7 years old, this single cask Glenrothes single malt has taken on an astonishing amount of colour, which can be attributed to the apparently very active first fill ex-Sherry...  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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Distilled in Spring 2004 and bottled in the Winter of 2013, this 9 year old Glenrothes was matured in a single Sherry butt and exhibits maturity beyond its years. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance...  More info
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16 years sat in a Sherry cask has imparted a slight rosy hue to this Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, which has been independently bottled by the fine folks at Signatory. Expect some sweet, spicy...  More info
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An 8 year old bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this Glenrothes single malt was aged in refill sherry casks.  More info
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This 18 year old single cask was matured in a first fill Sherry butt, which held 775 bottles worth of delicious whisky when it was disgorged in August 2013. Bottled by Signatory for their...  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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This whisky hails from Glenrothes and was bottled by Signatory in 2012. Glenrothes suffered substantial damage thanks to an explosion in 1903 and then after a fire in 1922.  More info
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A travel retail exclusive from Glenrothes, this stuff is aged for 25 years and shows an effortless level of gingerbread and spice. Beautiful!  More info
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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
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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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