The Glenrothes distillery was established in 1878, with production commencing in December of the following year, on the same day as the infamous Tay Bridge disaster. James Stuart, one of the original founders (and the Macallan leaseholder at the time) had already quit the business due to financial difficulties before the stills started running, ... Read More »
The Glenrothes traditionally bottle single malts from specific vintages, so this no-age-statement example raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared. However, the only thing recent batches have raised is the bar - this is tremendous easy-drinking Speyside.
A 1998 vintage The Glenrothes, bottled in 2013 by the brand's owners Berry Brothers & Rudd. The Glenrothes motto is "maturity not age" and therefore they put vintages on their whiskies rather than age statements.
The 2001 vintage is a 2012 addition to the The Glenrothes range. The brand is owned by historic wine & spirit merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd and releases its whiskies by vintage rather than by age, in keeping with the owner's wine-related history.
This is the 2012 bottling of The Glenrothes 1998 vintage. The motto of the brand, owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, is 'maturity not age' and thus they bottle their whiskies by vintage, rather than by age statement.
A 1989 vintage Glenrothes from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, the Glenrothes brand uses a large amount of sherry barrels in their longer aged expressions and sometimes sell such casks off, such as this refill sherry butt. A healthy 651 bottles came out of the cask - the angel's loss is our gain.
A 1989 vintage single cask Glenrothes (written as Glen Rothes on the label) from Signatory, part of their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled on New Year's Eve 1989, matured in a refill sherry butt and then bottled on October 8th 2012.
The Glenrothes have been releasing vintage whisky for some time now. Over the past 17 years or so, they have released whisky from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The earliest of which was 1971 and the most recent being 1998. The Glenrothes Three decades celebrates these releases by combining whisky from all three decades into one bottle. Previously exclusive to Travel Retail, we've finally managed to get our hands on some bottles of this fantastic whisky.
Previously a travel retail exclusive, The Glenrothes 25 year old is a well aged example of the distillery's style - rich and fruity. Bottled on 27th July 2007, this includes whiskies from 1967, 1972, 1977, 1979 and 1980 amongst others.
A relatively young entry in the Douglas Laing Platinum range, with only 21 years on the clock for this whisky from Glenrothes. However, it has come from a sherry hogshead with an outturn of only 94 bottles - a rare dram which probably has a story behind it...
A 1990 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Founded in 1878, the Glenrothes brand is owned by fellow independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Having spent 23 years in a sherry hogshead, this has dried berry and fruitcake notes.
A new bottling of some pretty old Glenrothes by Gordon & Macphail. This 1969 vintage is pretty dark even at 43% so it's safe to say that this has been pretty well-sherried. Bottled in 2008, just shy of four full decades in the wood.
A 1979 vintage whisky from The Glenrothes, 'checked' on August 3rd 1979, approved on October 5th 1993 and bottled in 1994. The label describes it has havind 'delicate peaty undertones', making it an interesting prospect.
Another of Berry Brothers & Rudd-owned The Glenrothes' terrific long-aged vintage releases, this 1975 expression was bottled in 2006. One of the smallest-ever vintage releases from the distillery at just 3708 bottles, this is a big and rich malt.