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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 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

An 8 year old bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this Glenrothes single malt was aged in refill sherry casks.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)

Glenrothes 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A rare bottling from the Glenrothes distillery, distilled in 1961 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Rare Old whisky range.  More info

Glenrothes 1961 - Rare Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenrothes 15 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A vintage Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory. This was single cask number 1096, a refill butt. Distilled on the 28th January 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling on the 9th December 2009. A…  More info

Glenrothes 15 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenrothes 33 Year Old 1972 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%

A 33 year old, single cask Glenrothes! This was bottled by Signatory, from single sherry butt number 12368. Just 549 bottles were released, all at cask strength.  More info

Glenrothes 33 Year Old 1972 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.3%

A high proof Signatory bottling from the Glenrothes distillery - known for their spicy, rich Speyside whisky. This was distilled on the 16rh February 1995 and matured in two bourbon barrels (casks…  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Glenrothes 32 Year Old 1975 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A spicy, woody Glenrothes single cask. This was distilled in December 1975, matured for 32 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2008. A release of 253 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 32 Year Old 1975 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2008) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 1969 vintage from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. Very spicy and rich, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2008.  More info

Glenrothes 1969 (bottled 2008) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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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Glenrothes 15 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

The Glenrothes distillery is known for its winter spice and classic Speyside flavour. This 15 year old was bottled by Cadenhead for their new Duthies range of single malts.  More info

Glenrothes 15 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 1998 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

Glenrothes distilled in 1998 and initially aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in Sauternes casks from the premier cru winery Château d'Yquem. This was bottled in 2009 at the Bruichladdich…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 1998 (Murray McDavid)

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1989 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.7%

Single cask from the Glenrothes distillery, this was distilled on New Year's Eve 1989, matured in recharred butt number 24377 for 20 years and bottled by Signatory on the 9th April 2010. A release of…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1989 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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.)

Glenrothes 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 43%

A wonderful palate of creamy fruits, biscuity and strawberry jam, this 41 year old Glenrothes was distilled in 1968 and was bottled for the Peerless range from Duncan Taylor.  More info

Glenrothes 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside on the 28th Januray 1994, and it was aged for 16 years before bottling on the 4th June 2010. A release of 769 bottles, from refill butt…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1994 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenrothes Alba Reserve

70cl, 40%

A surprising release from Glenrothes - this is comprised entirely of ex-Bourbon whiskies (matured in Bourbon casks). The name Alba makes reference to Quercus Alba, the Latin name for American Oak.…  More info

Glenrothes Alba Reserve
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Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1968 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.2%

A beautiful natural cask strength Glenrothes, aged for a whopping 40 years, this was bottled for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Lonach range. Very good indeed, and utterly astonishing value for money.  More info

Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1968 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 41 Year Old 1969 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.2%

Aged for 41 years, this was distilled in 1969, and was bottled at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor for their prodigious Peerless range. A fantastic whisky with masses of character.  More info

Glenrothes 41 Year Old 1969 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

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)

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

70cl, 56.1%

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)

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.8%

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

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

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

70cl, 40.9%

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%

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%

The latest core expression from the Glenrothes catalogue, this 1998 vintage follows on from the previous 1994. The first bottling made with Gordon Motion as the Glenrothes Malt Master.  More info

The Glenrothes 1998 (bottled 2014)
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Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1970 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor) 41.6%

70cl, 41.6%

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

Glenrothes 40 Year Old 1970 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor) 41.6%

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)

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