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 September 17th 1994 and bottled in 1995. The label describes it has havind 'delicate peaty undertones', making it an interesting prospect.
Berry Brothers & Rudd had long used the malt produced at The Glenrothes in their best-selling Blended Whisky Cutty Sark. In 1993, the 1979 was released as the first vintage single malt. This is a typical example of the high proportion of sherry casks used in the range with a richness and complexity that belies its age.
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.
An old bottling of 1967 vintage Glenrothes from independent bottler Duncan Taylor as part of the Peerless series. Distilled in May, it was matured in cask 8389 for 35 years before 231 bottles were yielded in June 2002.
A 1956 vintage Glenrothes bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series in, we estimate, the 1980s. Judging by the colour this is very likely to have come from a sherry cask.
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.
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.