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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.

Kiwi & Chilli 25 Year Old 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 55.2%

Independently bottled single malt from Glenrothes, matured for 25 years in a single refill hogshead cask after being distilled in 1996. This is yet another excellent release from Wemyss Malts, and it…  More info

Kiwi & Chilli 25 Year Old 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

Glenrothes 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 61.1%

A glorious Glenrothes, independently bottled up for the Darkness range, which is all about sherried brilliance. This particular 12 year old single malt was given a finishing period in Oloroso sherry…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$64.59

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 11099) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 41.8%

If you would have though that maintaining a series called the Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve would have been difficult... I gotta say that Signatory aren't really any showing signs of that…  More info

Glenrothes 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 11099) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5118) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.7%

This cracking single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt was distilled back in 1991, and matured for a generous quarter of a century! The cask was selected by independent bottler Adelphi, who…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 5118)  (Adelphi)

Glenrothes 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.1%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has gone and bottled up another batch of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky! This time, the team has got its hands on a 12 year old expression which was finished in…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$46.69

Glenrothes 11 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

An 11 year old Glenrothes which has been bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for its Discovery bottling series. The series separates single malts into three categories, 'Sherry', 'Smoky' or 'Bourbon' to…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

From the Glenrothes Distillery, this single malt was distilled in 2011 and matured for nine years, before finishing in Oloroso sherry casks. Independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for its Strictly Limited…  More info

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Glenrothes 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness) (61.3%)

50cl, 61.3%

A great Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky here, independently bottled as part of the Darkness range. This one was allowed to mature for 12 years, and that included a finishing period in…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness) (61.3%)

The Glenrothes 10 Year Old - Soleo Collection

70cl, 40%

The entry level expression from the Glenrothes Soleo Collection, named for the sun-drying process for grapes destined to become sherry in Jerez - so expect a focus on sherried deliciousness here.…  More info

The Glenrothes 10 Year Old - Soleo Collection
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Glenrothes 20 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%

Tasty Speyside single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, matured for two decades before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The label features the ghostly apparition of Biawa 'Byeway'…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The Glenrothes Three Decades

70cl, 43%

The Glenrothes has taken whiskies from three decades of vintage releases, and bottled it all up in this Three Decades single malt! Pretty impressive stuff, it's probably the closest thing we'll get…  More info

The Glenrothes Three Decades
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$193.90

Glenrothes 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 18166 ) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 48.5%

An impressively well-aged indie Speysider here from Glenrothes, distilled back in October 1989! It rested in a single hogshead cask for three whole decades, until The Single Malts of Scotland emptied…  More info

Glenrothes 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 18166 ) - The Single Malts of Scotland

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1972 - Restricted Release

70cl, 43%

A Restricted Release Glenrothes, as it says across the label. Distilled all the way back in November 1972, it was left to mature patiently for just under a quarter of a century. At 23 years old, the…  More info

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1972 - Restricted Release

Glenrothes 15 Year Old 2005 - Old Particular The Midnight Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A rather well-sherried single malt from the Glenrothes Distillery, which was distilled in September 2005 and left to age in a single sherry butt for 15 years. It would eventually be bottled in…  More info

Glenrothes 15 Year Old 2005 - Old Particular The Midnight Series (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 10236) (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.8%

A particularly spicy Glenrothes here, distilled in 2007 and rested in a single refill sherry butt for 13 years. In 2021 it was bottled by the ever-brilliant Adelphi, with a release of 604 bottles at…  More info

Glenrothes 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 10236) (Adelphi)

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l

100cl, 40%

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

The Glenrothes Robur Reserve 1l
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Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 48) - Kingsbury

70cl, 52.3%

Independently bottled single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, aged for 20 years in a single hogshead cask. This comes from the Kingsbury selection of indie bottlings, which are both rather…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 48) - Kingsbury
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The Glenrothes 1978 (bottled 1999)

70cl, 43%

This well-aged Glenrothes single malt was distilled back in February 1978, and left to rest for two decades. It was then bottled in 1999 as a restricted release (like what it says on the label!),…  More info

The Glenrothes 1978 (bottled 1999)

Glenrothes 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 14056) - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.5%

This right here is a 30 year old single malt distilled by Glenrothes all the way back in May 1989, and left to age in a single butt cask. After three decades of rest, that cask was cracked open and…  More info

Glenrothes 30 Year Old 1989 (cask 14056)  - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

The Glenrothes 1994 (bottled 2008)

70cl, 43%

From the Glenrothes Distillery comes a 1994 vintage single malt, left to slumber silently (presumably - it could have been a super noisy whisky for all we know) until 2008. With a flavour profile…  More info

The Glenrothes 1994 (bottled 2008)

Glenrothes 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company has gone and independently bottled another gorgeous Glenrothes single malt! This time, they've got their hands on a 28 year old whisky from the distillery in Speyside,…  More info

Glenrothes 28 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Glenrothes 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.9%

Well-aged Glenrothes whisky is a delciious thing - so we're rather thrilled to show off our very own bottling of 28 year old Glenrothes single malt! This expression was distilled in 1989 and matured…  More info

Glenrothes 28 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2019) (cask 16203) - The Last Drop

75cl, 46.3%

An exceedingly luxurious 1969 vintage Glenrothes, which was filled into bourbon cask #16203 on 27 October 1969. Nearly 50 years of ageing took place until it was bottled by The Last Drop in 2018.…  More info

Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2019) (cask 16203) - The Last Drop

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve was introduced to the Speyside distillery's core range in 2014, and it's definitely one for the Sherry lovers out there, as this is the first single malt from…  More info

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
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Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19016) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.9%

26 year old Glenrothes single malt, distilled in September 1990 and aged in a hogshead until May 2017. It was then bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection with an outturn of just 197…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19016) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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