Founded in 1878
Glenrothes is located beside the Burn of Rothes in Speyside. James Stewart started the construction of the distillery in 1878, however he suffered financial problems, and it was completed by William Grant and Robert Dick.

Production started in December 1879. Two fires in 1897 and 1922 damaged the distillery, while an explosion in 1903 almost destroyed the distillery. The Wall Street Crash in 1929 decreased the production, and distillery was closed at last.

However, Glenrothes got back to business in a short time. In 1963, upgrades were made to the equipments. In 1999 Edrington Group purchased the distillery, but later sold it to Berry Bros & Rudd in 2010.

Tarlogie Springs is the main source of water. They have a 12 ton mash tun, with 6 washbacks having a capacity of 50,000 liters each. There are 6 wash and 6 spirit stills in the distillery, which are known to be the highest stills in Scotch Whisky production.

Maltings are bought from Murray Firth in Inverness. Glenmorangie uses a Derkado variety of barley in its Whiskies, which is specific to the distillery.

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What does Glenrothes taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Glenrothes Scotch. It's based on all Glenrothes drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Glenrothes before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Berry Brothers & Rudd
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Glenrothes Distillery Burnside Street Rothes Moray AB38 7AA United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1340 872300
  • Website
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Casks are filled with an average strength of 68.9% ABV, which is higher than most distilleries.

The Berry Brothers gave Cutty Sark back to the Edrington Group, when they acquired Glenrothes.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
Video from Glenrothes
Video transcription
Hello, my name is Ronnie Cox and I work for The The Glenrothes, and I'm on my way to the distillery right now. Here we are in the middle of Speyside side and on my left-hand side there is the Rothes Burn, that flows through the distillery and into the Spey on the other side.

To make malt Whisky, we need just three ingredients. Sugar, yeast and water. The sugar comes from barley grown in Scotland, a crop we have in abundance. The barley is malted locally in Speyside, before being transported to the distillery.

Originally this would have been the source of water for The Glenrothes Distillery. But we've traced the source of this water back to two natural springs on the hill behind me. The Ardcanny and the Brauchill. And we pipe this down to the distillery today to make Whisky. The first bricks of this distillery were laid in 1878. In 1879, the distillery produced its first spirit and there after it was known as a top class distillery.

The spirit was in high demand by all the master blenders. In the centenary year 1979, the new Cathedral like still-house was built with four pairs of identical stills. In 1989 that became five pairs.

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Scotch from Glenrothes