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

70cl, 61.2%

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

70cl, 56.1%

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)

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

70cl, 67.5%

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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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 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 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
$80.79

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)

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

A Wemyss Malts bottling of Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2015. An excellent single cask Speysider, which has been bequeathed the title 'Chocolate Orange…  More info

Chocolate Orange Segment 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

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)

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.9%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s first batch of Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky features the Rothes Cemetery (which is next door to the distillery), with its gravestones turning black from the…  More info

Glenrothes - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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 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 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)

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Wemyss Malts. It was distilled in 1997 and matured in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled at 46% with an…  More info

Buttered Tealoaf 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

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 24 Year Old 1990 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.7%

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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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)

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 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)

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 19009) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.1%

Single cask Glenrothes, aged for 24 years in a hogshead cask. It was distilled all the way back in September 1990 and bottled in March 2015, with an outturn of 261 bottles. This has been presented as…  More info

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 19009) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19020) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%

A Signatory bottling of 26 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, aged in a hogshead cask from September 1990 to January 2017. Following that, it was bottled at cask…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 19020) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$95.52

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.8%

A Signatory bottling of 25 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 1990 and cracked open in August 2016. It was bottled…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19011 & 19021) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.7%

Distilled at Glenrothes in 1990 before a 25 year maturation in a single cask! It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection in 2016, and there are just 237 bottles, all at natural cask…  More info

Glenrothes 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 19012) - 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)

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.9%

This single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery comes to us by way of WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range of independently bottled whiskies. The Speyside spirit was placed in bourbon…  More info

Glenrothes 24 Year Old 1989 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

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