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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 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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$108.86

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 57) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51.2%

A cracking Càrn Mòr bottling of 21 year old Glenrothes single malt, released for the Celebration of the Cask range. The whisky was distilled back in October 1996 and left to age in a single butt cask…  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 57) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$195.66

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2007 - Vintage Casks (Mossburn)

70cl, 46%

A Mossburn bottling of 11 year old Glenrothes single malt, distilled back in 2007 and left to age until 2019. Afterwards, it was bottled at 46% ABV as part of the Vintage Cask range. This one shows…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2007 - Vintage Casks (Mossburn)
$72.92

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
$1,198.09

Glenrothes 1994 (bottled 2007) (10cl)

10cl, 43%

A 10cl bottling of single malt from the Glenrothes Distillery, which the label describes as having "Soft, ripe fruits, toffee and lemon citrus" notes. If that sounds appealing to you (it certainly…  More info

Glenrothes 1994 (bottled 2007) (10cl)
$18.47

Glenrothes 1991 (bottled 2008) (10cl)

10cl, 43%

1991 vintage single malt from the Glenrothes Distillery, matured until 2008, when it was bottled at 43% ABV. This is a 10cl bottling, but even despite its small stature, it's still presented in its…  More info

Glenrothes 1991 (bottled 2008) (10cl)
$18.47

Glenrothes Select Reserve (10cl)

10cl, 43%

This is a 10cl bottling of Glenrothes Select Reserve, a single malt made to show off the house style of Glenrothes' whisky. As such, it's packed to the brim with honeyed malt, orchard fruit and just…  More info

Glenrothes Select Reserve (10cl)
$18.47

The Glenrothes 13 Year Old - Halloween Edition 2019

70cl, 46.6%

Glenrothes is back with its limited edition Halloween bottling! In stark contrast to the previous bottling, this time the spooky seasonal 13 Year Old is presented white frosted bottle. The whisky…  More info

The Glenrothes 13 Year Old - Halloween Edition 2019
$70.75

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 35481) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 44.5%

A 26 year old single malt from the gorgeous Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled as part of the Single Malts of Scotland range. This whisky was distilled in November 1990 and set aside to…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 35481) - The Single Malts of Scotland
$125.25

Glenrothes 11 Year Old - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.4%

This indie bottling of Glenrothes from North Star Spirits was released in collaboration with whisky vlogger Ralfy, to celebrate 10 years of his website ralfy.com! The single malt was distilled in…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old - North Star Spirits
$78.37

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016) - American Oak

70cl, 45%

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, which has been aged exclusively in American oak casks seasoned with dry Oloroso Sherry and bottled in 2016. Richly creamy with…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2016) - American Oak
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$107.57

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2015)

70cl, 44.3%

The first edition of GLenrothes 1992 was released in 2004, but a portion was held back to mature further. This is that whisky.  More info

The Glenrothes 1992 - Second Edition (bottled 2015)
$179.35

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13451) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Check out the rosy hue on this sherried Glenrothes! The single malt was distilled in September 2005 and left to age in a single sherry butt. 14 years later, Douglas Laing bottled the Speysider in…  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13451) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$94.71

Auld Scots Bakery 1996 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Glenrothes single malt, independently bottled by Wemyss Malts. This expression was allowed to mature from 1996 to 2018 in a hogshead cask before being bottled at 46% ABV with an outturn…  More info

Auld Scots Bakery 1996 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$114.31

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13132) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

50cl, 48.4%

A fabulously sherried Glenrothes, distilled in February 2005 and then left to age in a single sherry butt for the next 14 years. In April 2019, the Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old…  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13132) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$79.45

The Glenrothes 2004 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 43%

A 2004 vintage Glenrothes, distilled in March and left in sherry-seasoned oak until January 2017, when the single malt was bottled at 43% ABV. The sherry casks add a wonderful sweetness to the…  More info

The Glenrothes 2004 (bottled 2017)
$58.76

Glenrothes 7 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

7 year old Glenrothes single malt, matured in a single puncheon cask from 2011 to 2018. Following maturation, this whisky was bottled by the clever folks at Càrn Mòr for the Strictly Limited range. A…  More info

Glenrothes 7 Year Old 2011 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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$45.56

Glenrothes 1968 (bottled 2018) (cask 13504) - The Last Drop

75cl, 51.3%

The Last Drop have only gone and bottled up a pair of very old single malts from the Glenrothes distillery! These whiskies were drawn from two single casks, both laid down in 1968 and cracked open in…  More info

Glenrothes 1968 (bottled 2018) (cask 13504) - The Last Drop
$5,881.50

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 64.1%

An 8 year old bottling of Glenrothes single malt, distilled in 2007 and independently bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. 162 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$65.35

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 6369) - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A tasty 1997 vintage Glenrothes single malt, independently bottled by Signatory! It was drawn from a single cask, #6369, for the Ibisco Decanter Collection in 2019 at the age of 21 years old, and it…  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 6369)  - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)
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$85.99

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1997 (Single Cask Nation)

75cl, 52.9%

A pretty old bottling of Glenrothes right here. The Speysider was distilled in December 1997, and then spent an entire two decades in a refill bourbon hogshead. It was disturbed from its slumber in…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1997 (Single Cask Nation)

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
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$47.65

Glenrothes 38 Year Old 1980 (Adelphi)

70cl, 40.2%

A rather old bottle of Glenrothes, distilled back in 1981. The Speysider was placed in a single refill sherry cask where it was left until it was sufficiently sherried. A long 38 years passed until…  More info

Glenrothes 38 Year Old 1980 (Adelphi)
$430.23

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2006 (cask 12758) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

This is an independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, matured for 12 years in a refill sherry butt - from March 2006 to September 2018. 327 bottles were produced for Douglas Laing's Old Particular…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2006 (cask 12758) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$92.34

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

70cl, 40%

If you're looking to understand the house style of Glenrothes' superb Speyside single malt, get your hands on a bottle of the Glenrothes Select Reserve. Packed to the rafters with honey, caramel,…  More info

The Glenrothes Select Reserve
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$35.93

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