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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.

Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

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…  More info

Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$125.46

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$81.17

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 52%

Having spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, the Darkness! team didn't hesitate to move this whisky into a single rebuilt 50 litre Oloroso cask for the final months of its maturation. It's what…  More info

Darkness! Glenrothes 26 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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$145.23

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

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…  More info

Ginger Spice 1988 - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$121.45

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 - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.9%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a single cask bottling of Glenrothes distilled in the year 2000 and bottled in 2011 for The Cooper's Choice range.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2000 - The Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$65.58

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)

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Sherried Glenrothes, matured in a refill Sherry butt for 10 years. It was put into said Sherry butt by the distillers in Speyside in spring 2004 and left to mature until autumn 2014, when…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10325) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10325) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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)

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 11 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A single cask bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt from 2004 to 2015. It was bottled as part of the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside. 341 bottles were…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$43.61

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10792) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. It was matured in a single Sherry hogshead cask for 11 years, from May 2004 to…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10792) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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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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)
$54.04

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 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.4%

Independently bottled Glenrothes single malt, distilled in 2002 and matured for 14 years until 2016, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead. 516 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 2002 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$63.01

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 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 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 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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Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Single cask Glenrothes, taken from refill cask #10435, which matured the whisky for 16 years. It was filled in December 1997 and emptied in April 2014 by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10435) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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