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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 10 Years Old 2001 (cask 7964) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This Glenrothes was bottled from an ex-Bourbon cask at ten years of age in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance series.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Years Old 2001 (cask 7964) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$74.12

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A single cask 8 year old Glenrothes presented in a handsome late 1800s-style ceramic decanter from Douglas Laing. Also an excuse for some subtle alliteration. "The Epicurean, Efficacious,…  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$129.15

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.60%

A cask-strength Glenrothes, distilled in March of 1991 and aged for 21 years in cask 5155 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in June of 2012. A release of just 236 numbered bottles of fabulous single…  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$139.52

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 6178) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 6178) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$47.14

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$43.38

Glenrothes 22 Year Old 1989 Cask 24378 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.30%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in December 1989 before a 22 year maturation in a refill sherry butt. It was bottled by Signatory in late 2012 and comes at natural cask strength.…  More info

Glenrothes 22 Year Old 1989 Cask 24378 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$80.18

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 31871) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.30%

A single cask Glenrothes from Duncan Taylor, bottled in May 2013 after a 21 year maturation as part of the Dimensions range. 191 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 31871) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$123.91

Glenrothes 18 Years Old 1993 (cask 7958) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.20%

This Glenrothes has been bottled from a single cask by Douglas Laing for their Director's Cut series. Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky from the town of Rothes.  More info

Glenrothes 18 Years Old 1993 (cask 7958) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$121.19

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in June 1990 and aged for 21 years in a single refill butt before bottling in September 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 328…  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$105.19

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.10%

Glenrothes, sherry hogshead, only 154 bottles made... what's not to like?  More info

 Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
$181.05

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1987 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54%

This was distilled at Glenrothes in May of 1987 and aged for 25 years in a single cask (cask 5839) before bottling in May of 2012. A release of 237 bottles at natural cask strength, bottled for…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1987 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 1991

70cl, 43%

Metallica's The Black Album, Terminator 2, this delicious whisky - 1991 was a good year. Exhibits all of the classic Glenrothes flavour. This was bottled in 2007.  More info

Glenrothes 1991
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Glen Rothes 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 24380 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.10%

A 21 year old Glenrothes, distilled in 1989 and aged in a recharred butt before bottling at natural cask strength in 2011. A release of 592 bottles.  More info

Glen Rothes 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 24380 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$77.11

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$43.69

Glenrothes 30 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 30 year old from the Glenrothes distillery, aged in first fill sherry casks, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glenrothes 30 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
$102.27

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 49.70%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in 1990 and it was aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in sweet Jurancon wine casks. It was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery and there are…  More info

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1987 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.80%

A spicy, warming single cask Glenrothes from the Dimensions series. This was distilled in May 1987 and was aged in cask 5840 for 24 years before bottling in March 2012. A release of 193 numbered…  More info

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1987 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$153.86

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled at Glenrothes in May 1996. It was then aged for 12 years in a refill butt before bottling in February 2009 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This is a single cask release of…  More info

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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$56.82

Glenrothes 13 Year Old 1998 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 13 Year Old 1998 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)
$56.16

Glenrothes 1982 (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

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

Glenrothes 1982 (Old Bottling)
$159.77

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glenrothes, distilled on the 19th May 1995 and aged for 16 years in a first fill sherry butt before bottling on the 26th January 2012. A release of 827 individually numbered bottles…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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$39.23

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1990 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1990 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
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$51.94

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 1999 Port Wood Finish - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A 10 year old Glenrothes, finished in a Port Pipe. This was distilled in 1999 and aged in cask number 9253 before bottling by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company as part of a release of 360 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 1999 Port Wood Finish - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Glen Rothes 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Glenrothes on the 28th January 1994, this was aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Signatory on the 7th April 2011. A release of 805 numbered bottles.  More info

Glen Rothes 17 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$39.05

Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1970 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor) 40.9%

70cl, 40.90%

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…  More info

Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1970 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor) 40.9%

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