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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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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
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling and a 1965 vintage from Glenrothes matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads.  More info
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
$501.49
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$618.84
Glenrothes 1979
(70cl, 43%)
Glenrothes is a classic Speyside whisky and this bottling offers up some aged delights from 1979, no less.  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$595.21
Glenrothes distil the quintessential spiced Speyside. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 23 years in sherry casks.  More info
$887.13
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
$227.98
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
$191.31
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
User Rating:  (8 Reviews)
$544.13
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
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
$59.69
Distilled on 21st July 1985 and bottled on the 31st May 2005, a superb Speyside single malt from Glenrothes.  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
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
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, sherry hogshead, only 154 bottles made... what's not to like?  More info
$258.34
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
$150.10
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
$199.09
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
$158.10
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
$176.82
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. There...  More info
$114.42
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
$142.53
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
$219.55
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
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$338.08
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
$129.12
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
$356.57
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