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 »
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.
Another outstanding sherried The Glenrothes vintage bottling, this time from 1978. Bottled in 2008, this was rated at 90.5 points in the Whisky Bible by Jim Murray, who found gooseberries, tobacco, honey, sultanas and vanilla pods amongst its many charms.
A Glenrothes distilled in June 1969 and bottled 31 years later in February 2001 by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Light in colour, but should be packed with flavour due to the time spent in wood.
An old 1972 vintage bottling of The Glenrothes from the mid-1990s with the official short description 'Rich, Spicy, Fruitiness'. That'll be sherry, then, from a period during which Glenrothes produced some of their very best whisky. These early vintage bottlings are getting pretty scarce these days.
Specially selected by retiring The Glenrothes malt master John Ramsay after 43 years service, this bottling came from a vatting of twenty second fill American oak sherry casks racked into sherry butts. The two casks showing most development were vatted togather and slowly reduced to 46.7%. A fitting tribute to a giant of the whisky world.
A 1966 vintage Glenrothes which was bottled exclusively for The Master of Malt to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the earliest record of Scotch whisky distillation. Matured for around 27 years and limited to only 50 bottles.
An impressive first entry in The Glenrothes's Extraordinary Casks series, intended to showcase some of the older bottlings that they have in their warehouses. The whisky was bottled on April 4th 2012, making it about 42 years old, and is filled into a hefty crystal decanter with a hand engraved brass collar and stopper made from the cask it was matured in.