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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 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 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 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

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve

70cl, 43%

Originally released for Travel Retail, the Glenrothes Manse Reserve is made with whisky drawn mostly from American oak casks, with a helping of Sherry oak cask whisky too. Lots of fruit notes running…  More info

The Glenrothes Manse Reserve
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$54.93

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)
$56.16

Glenrothes 14 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.30%

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 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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$56.82

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10792) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

A well-Sherried Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range. It was matured in a single Sherry hogshead cask for 11 years, from May 2004 to…  More info

Glenrothes 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10792) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$66.56

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 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Sherried Glenrothes, matured in a refill Sherry butt for 10 years. It was put into said Sherry butt by the distillers in Speyside in spring 2004 and left to mature until autumn 2014, when…  More info

Glenrothes 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10242) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$69.60

Glenrothes 10 Years Old 2001 (cask 7964) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This Glenrothes was bottled from an ex-Bourbon cask at ten years of age in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance series.  More info

Glenrothes 10 Years Old 2001 (cask 7964) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$74.12

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 10191) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 61.20%

Distilled in Spring 2004 and bottled in the Winter of 2013, this 9 year old Glenrothes was matured in a single Sherry butt and exhibits maturity beyond its years. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance…  More info

Glenrothes 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 10191) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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$75.43

Glen Rothes 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 24380 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.10%

A 21 year old Glenrothes, distilled in 1989 and aged in a recharred butt before bottling at natural cask strength in 2011. A release of 592 bottles.  More info

Glen Rothes 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 24380 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$77.11

Glenrothes 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 3523) - (Adelphi)

70cl, 67.50%

Despite being only 7 years old, this single cask Glenrothes single malt has taken on an astonishing amount of colour, which can be attributed to the apparently very active first fill ex-Sherry…  More info

Glenrothes 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 3523) - (Adelphi)
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$79.96

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

70cl, 55.30%

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)
$80.18

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 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 49.70%

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)

Toasted Anise 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

This is an indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery presented by Wemyss Malts. It was drawn from a single hogshead cask, which was filled in 1996 and emptied in…  More info

Toasted Anise 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)
$87.79

Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1989 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.70%

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 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 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 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.70%

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

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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$91.78

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43%

From one of Speyside's finest distilleries - the wonderful Glenrothes - comes this 1995 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, then bottled…  More info

The Glenrothes 1995 (bottled 2014)
$93.63

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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$93.63

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19013) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54%

25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, one of Speyside's finest. It was distilled in September 1990, matured in a hogshead and bottled in October 2015 with an outturn of 221 bottles.…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19013) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$96.37

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