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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 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
$861.65

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.5%

This right here is an independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, aged in a single cask for quarter of a century! It was distilled back in 1991 and left to mature for 25 years until 2016, when…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5113) (Adelphi)
$187.73

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes, aged in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in May 1997 and set aside to mature until January 2016, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 234) - Mackillop's Choice
$133.52

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13093) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

An Old Malt Cask bottling of 20 year old Glenrothes single malt, matured in a refill hogshead from July 1996 to November 2016. 180 bottles were produced, presented at 50% ABV.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13093)  - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.95

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016)

70cl, 43%

Another wonderful vintage of single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery. This particularly well-honey'd expression was distilled back in 1995, and set aside to mature until 2016.  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016)
$88.34

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)

70cl, 44.3%

It's the second edition of Glenrothes 1992 vintage single malt! The first edition (released in 2004) was made with casks selected by previous Malt Master John Ramsey, though he also left some casks…  More info

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2014)
$164.74

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 53.7%

An indie bottling from the brilliant Glenrothes distillery, aged for 27 years - from 1989 to 2016. Following that rather lengthy maturation, it was bottled by WM Cadenhead for the Small Batch range,…  More info

Glenrothes 27 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$128.84

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$88.34

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve

70cl, 43%

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenrothes Manse Reserve is made with whisky drawn mostly from American oak casks, with a helping of Sherry oak cask whisky too. Lots of fruit notes running…  More info

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve
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$51.82

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)
$138.16

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)
$61.78

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
$96.61

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$85.34

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.8%

Like the first batch, That Boutique-y Whisky Company' second release of Glenrothes single malt features the ghost of Biawa 'Byeway' Makalaga, a popular resident of Rothes was rescued from starvation…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$57.14

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
$138.82

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glenrothes single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in October 1997 and aged for 19 years in a refill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$51.62

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)
$51.62

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)
$92.89

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)
$129.52

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)
$58.59

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)
$138.15

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)
$394.64

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)
$79.59

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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