The Glenrothes is a quintessential Speyside single malt Scotch Whisky distilled in the town of Rothes in the heart of Speyside. The distillery has a storied history that dates back to 1879 when they began crafting some of the world’s finest Whisky.
The Glenrothes is most known for its unique Vintage Releases, though their lineup has evolved over the years to include a range of several age statements. Each vintage has its own unique personality, but Glenrothes single malts have a standard clean, smooth elegance.
In 2018 the brand expanded its portfolio to include their age-stated series, which currently consists of a 10-year, 12-year, Maker’s Cut, 18-year, and 25-year. In 2019 they released the distillery’s oldest Whisky a stunning 40-year-old Speyside.
Their usage of Sherry casks with a little American oak creates a subtle, balanced Scotch. You’ll find signature notes of red fruits, candied sugars offset by a floral and spicy character.
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.