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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 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)
$90.46

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10458) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.40%

An Old Particular bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from a classic Speyside distillery - Glenrothes. This single malt was distilled in October 1997 and slumbered soundly in a refill hogshead…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10458) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.55

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 56.20%

This is a Gleann Mór bottling of 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the wonderful Glenrothes distillery. It was distilled in October 1997 and set aside to mature in cask #15717 for 16 years,…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (Cask 15717) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$109.12

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9241) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Matured in a single sherry butt for 16 years, this independently bottled Glerothes single malt is chock-a-block with gorgeous sherried notes. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9241) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$47.14

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9242) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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,…  More info

Glenrothes 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 9242) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$53.25

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 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10564) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

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

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10564) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$80.92

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery June 1997 before a 17 year maturation in a single refill Sherry butt. It was selected by Signatory and bottled for their Un-Chillfiltered range in 2015.  More info

Glenrothes 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 9257) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$54.72

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)
1
$51.94

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 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 19 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.80%

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 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 1965 - The MacPhail's (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling and a 1965 vintage from Glenrothes matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads.  More info

Glenrothes 1965 - The MacPhail's (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)

70cl, 41.90%

A 1968 vintage Glenrothes single malt, presented as part of their incredibly stylish Extraordinary Cask Collection. The cask which matured this incredible whisky was a second-fill remade hogshead,…  More info

Glenrothes 1968 (cask 13507)
$5947.68

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)
$522.52

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Cor, look at this - a 1971 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. A very well Sherried Speysider, this one. It also comes…  More info

Glenrothes 1971 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$532.11

Glenrothes 1975

70cl, 43%

A 1975 vintage from Glenrothes. This is part of a rare release of 3,708 bottles, bottled in 2006.  More info

Glenrothes 1975
3
$433.69

Glenrothes 1979

70cl, 43%

Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less.  More info

Glenrothes 1979
2
$417.13

Glenrothes 1979 Single Cask 13470

70cl, 55.30%

Glenrothes distil the quintessential spiced Speyside. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 23 years in sherry casks.  More info

Glenrothes 1979 Single Cask 13470
$621.70

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 1987 (bottled 2005)

70cl, 43%

This is a 1987 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in the 9 year period when the distillery had 8 stills (the distillery had been upgraded from 6 to 8 stills in 1980 and…  More info

Glenrothes 1987 (bottled 2005)
$134.07

Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2011)

70cl, 43%

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

Glenrothes 1988 (bottled 2011)
8
$381.32

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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Glenrothes 1994

70cl, 43%

A 1994 vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, this offers a wonderfully lemony/spicy/fresh palate - a great addition to the range!  More info

Glenrothes 1994
$41.84

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