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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 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)
$53.35

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9251) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt here, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled in June 1997 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt…  More info

Glenrothes 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 9251) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$53.35

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

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, 41.9%

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)

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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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

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)

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)

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 1992 (bottled 2015) (cask 13) Graham's Port Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 57.7%

A Port cask finished Glenrothes single malt, released by the Speyside-based distillery as part of their Wine Merchant's Collection. Each expression is finished in casks from well-known producers -…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2015) (cask 13) Graham's Port Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$204.59

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 10) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.1%

A 1992 vintage Glenrothes from The Wine Merchant's Collection range (featuring whiskies finished in casks from top producers the world over). This edition was finished in a cask that previously held…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 10) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$204.59

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 15) St. Lucia Rum Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.8%

Rum cask-finished whisky isn't all that common, but it's always an interesting tipple. As it happens, Glenrothes have gone and released a 1992 vintage whisky finished in casks casks that previously…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 15) St. Lucia Rum Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$204.59

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 8) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection

70cl, 55.1%

1992 vintage Glenrothes single malt, finished in a cask that previously held Zinfandel wine from California's Ridge Vineyards. This was bottled in 2016 and released as part of The Wine Merchant's…  More info

Glenrothes 1992 (bottled 2016) (cask 8) Ridge Vineyards Wine Cask Finish - The Wine Merchant's Collection
$204.59

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

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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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 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 16) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 52.9%

For two decades, this Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky aged in a single bourbon cask before being bottled by the fantastic A.D. Rattray. A release of 359 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 16) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$89.01

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it…  More info

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1996 - North Star Spirits
$81.19

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)

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