The Glenrothes

United Kingdom, Scotland Founded in 1878

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 Select Reserve is a wonderful expression of Speyside golden Scotch wonderfulness. John Ramsey—the Glenrothes malt master—mixes each batch from the more variable vintages to create a consistent, quality Highland spirit that embodies all of the character and style of this notable Scotch.
The Glenrothes Flavor Spiraltm
  • spicy
  • vanilla
  • sherry
  • sweet
  • port
  • smoky
  • caramel
  • oak
  • honey
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Casks are filled with an average strength of 68.9% ABV, which is higher than most distilleries.
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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.

Distillery info:
  • Country United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Established 1878
  • Owner Berry Brothers & Rudd
  • Type Single malt
  • No. of stills 10
  • Visitor center No
  • Status Active
  • Address The Glenrothes Distillery Burnside Street Rothes Moray AB38 7AA United Kingdom
  • Phone 01340 872300
  • Website
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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.