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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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Single cask Glenrothes single malt, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. This creamy, biscuit-y, vanilla-y whisky was distilled in September 1997 and left to mature in cask #10564 for 17...  More info
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An independent bottling of what looks to be a rather well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1990 and set aside to mature in Sherry butt casks until 2015, when it was...  More info
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Described by Glenrothes' Brand Heritage Director, Ronnie Cox as "a fantastic reminder of how beautifully The Glenrothes ripens from vibrant, zesty youth to rich, full-bodied maturity." This is a...  More info
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$535.81
We are proud to present a single cask release of 25 year old Glenrothes single malt, bottled by us! It was distilled in June 1988, matured in a refill bourbon barrel and bottled in February 2014. Only...  More info
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This is a Celebration of the Cask Black Gold bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky; matured in a Sherry hogshead from June 1989 to March 2014. A very Sherried release of 266 bottles of...  More info
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26 year old single malt from the picturesque Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It may not be in one of those fancy egg-shaped bottles Glenrothes are known for, but it's still a handsome chap, dressed...  More info
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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 were...  More info
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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
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Though this Glenrothes only spent ten years in a single Shery butt, it certainly took on plenty of colour from the cask, and surely plenty of wonderful Sherried character, too! It was distilled by...  More info
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All right, more Wemyss bottlings with very specific names! This one comes from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, distilled in 1988 and left to mature in a single butt. The cask was opened in 2013...  More info
$183.21
Bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection, a range of vintage whiskies presented at their natural strengths, this Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1989 comes from cask 24382, a refill...  More info
$140.35
Rich, spiced and fruity Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for the award-winning Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies. It was matured for 21 years, from...  More info
$155.69
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
$112.35
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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$70.28
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
$105.98
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
$74.82
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 is an 8 year old Glenrothes from the Provenance range and, despite the dearth of its years, it has a very deep, rich colour, thanks to a maturation in a single sherry butt. This was distilled in...  More info
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A very special bottling from Murray McDavid. They took bourbon cask-aged Glenrothes, distilled in 1990, and brought it over to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was reracked into Jurancon sweet...  More info
$94.40
A very tasty 40 year old Glenrothes from Duncan Taylor. This was aged in standard-sized casks for the majority of its maturation, then it was finished in small octave casks to add extra pep and spice...  More info
This was distilled in 1970 and aged for the majority of its maturation in standard-sized casks, before being transferred into very small octave-sized casks for a finish. The result of this is an...  More info
This 13 year old Glenrothes was distilled in July of 1998 and it was aged for 13 years in casks 91761 and 91762. It was finished in oak that previously held Chateau Palmer wine. A release of 673...  More info
$78.91
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
$351.11
From Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes this 10 year old Glenrothes, distilled in the Summer of 2001 and aged in a refill barrel before bottling in Autumn 2011.  More info
$61.38
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