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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 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, 41.9%

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)
$5,603.82

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 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)

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
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$408.61

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
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$393.01

Glenrothes 1979 Single Cask 13470

70cl, 55.3%

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
$585.75

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)
$150.53

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)
$126.32

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
$39.42

Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2011)

70cl, 43%

This 1995 vintage from Glenrothes was the first of their whiskies to be aged with a specific character in mind. This was made with 70% refill casks and 30% sherry-treated casks (American and Spanish…  More info

Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2011)
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$88.22

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 55.5%

A single cask Glenrothes, bottled by Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1996, lovingly matured in a Sherry hogshead and bottled in 2014 at 55.5% ABV. Yummy Sherried Glenrothes - perfect…  More info

Glenrothes 1996 (bottled 2014) (cask 14028) - Malts of Scotland

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1985

70cl, 43%

Distilled on 21st July 1985 and bottled on the 31st May 2005, a superb Speyside single malt from Glenrothes.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1985
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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 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 49.7%

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 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%

Glenrothes, sherry hogshead, only 154 bottles made... what's not to like?  More info

 Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.6%

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

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1991 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10275) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

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

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10275) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 31871) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%

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

Glenrothes 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 31871) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenrothes 22 Year Old 1989 Cask 24378 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.3%

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.…  More info

Glenrothes 22 Year Old 1989 Cask 24378 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 24382) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%

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

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 24382) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 35484) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 49.4%

An indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from an excellent Speyside distillery - Glenrothes. This 23 year old single cask whisky was distilled in November 1990 and left to mature in bourbon…  More info

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 35484) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$93.42

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.5%

Hunter Laing, Stewart Laing's new company after he and his brother split Douglas Laing's assets between them, have released their first Old & Rare bottlings. It as label that has always been reserved…  More info

Glenrothes 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

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