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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 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)
$52.96

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)
$61.75

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)

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

70cl, 56.4%

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)

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

70cl, 56.2%

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

70cl, 48.4%

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)

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)

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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$48.98

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)

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%

A rather interesting indie bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky - this was matured in a wine seasoned barrel! After 18 years of ageing (from September 1997 to November 2015), it was…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12122) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It was distilled in October 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt for 18 years until the cask was emptied by…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15969) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.60

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was aged in a refill Sherry butt for 18 years, from October 1997 to February 2016, and has been bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 15971) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$51.60

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

70cl, 54.2%

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)

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 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's

70cl, 53.7%

Very well Sherried single malt from Speyside's Glenrothes distillery, aged for 19 years in a single Sherry butt. It was independently bottled by Yorkshire-based bottler Claxton's, with an outturn of…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 - Claxton's
$96.56

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glenrothes single malt, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in October 1997 and aged for 19 years in a refill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 15963) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$51.60

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