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The Glenrothes
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland AB38 7AA
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In 1879 something new, beautifully crafted and pure entered the world: the first spirit from the stills at The Glenrothes. That’s a while ago now, but this exceptional Single Speyside Malt whisky has been kept pretty much a secret from those outside the industry and a small band of connoisseurs for over a hundred years. But word gets out and once discovered this is a malt people enjoy, and seem to want to share with likeminded folk. We think that it's exceptional and of course we would - and it seems other people increasingly think so too.

The Glenrothes has always been universally acclaimed by blenders as an exceptional Speyside Malt. In 1994, the first Vintage was bottled and set a new and exciting standard in Malt Whisky: That was the first bottling of the Vintage 1979.

Unlike Malt Whiskies that are produced in line with the age concept, each Vintage must have its own unique personality. However, it is important that each Vintage is underpinned by the distinctive hallmarks of the distillery, in the case of The Glenrothes ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla, an exquisite spicy finish encased in the creamiest of textures and a complex, well-poised balance.

Over the years The Glenrothes has won many awards, including a double Gold for the 1979 Vintage in 2003 and the International Spirits Challenge’s highest accolade, the Trophy Award in 2005 for the 1972 Vintage. People have asked where we got the inspiration for the bottle and the answer is simple: "Our distinctive bottle, label and packaging are
inspired by the round bottle and hand written checking slip of the distillery sample room." The Glenrothes is indeed all about the whisky. Our packaging has also won awards including a Gold in The Wine and Spirit International Design Awards.

The Glenrothes is synonymous with exceptional quality. A name already known to connoisseurs, it is now becoming known to the increasing number of people discovering the world of Malt Whisky. Such is the quality of The Glenrothes, we believe this is a Malt to be savoured in special company.

In March 2008, Ronnie Cox, Director of The Glenrothes, was announced as Whisky Magazine's Ambassador of the Year. The awards announcement states “Highly commended in 2007, Ronnie has continued his outstanding contribution to promoting Scotch, malts and in particular The Glenrothes around the globe. The Glenrothes is now one of the fastest growing malts in the world, with Select Reserve, the house style for The Glenrothes growing to 27,000 cases from zero in the first two years, in large part due to Ronnie and his team of ambassadors.”


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One of the very last of the much-accredited ‘70’s Vintages from The Glenrothes. With only 3708 bottles, it is one of the smallest-ever Vintage runs. The nose is rewarded with the classic combination of stewed fruits and a result of exceptional wood policy. A post dinner great – preferably on a winter’s evening. A BIG Glenrothes. If it’s to be shared, choose carefully.

Appearance: Deep golden, clear and bright.

Bouquet: Wonderfully rich and mature. Vanilla, nutty and fruits with a hint of orange/lemon.

Palate: Rich, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate.

Finish: Good length, Glenrothes medium sweet.

Notes Courtesy of The Glenrothes


The Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch  

For 125 years, The Glenrothes Single Speyside Malt has been recognised by distillers as one of the finest of all single malt whiskies. It is the long and careful maturation in cask that forms the distinctive character of The Glenrothes. Glenrothes challenged John Sutherland, their Distiller, to find some exceptional casks to bottle as his 'Select Reserve'. The result: delicious ripe fruits, fresh citrus flavours with oak-infused vanilla and a hint of spice, plus a typically creamy texture on the palate.

Appearance: Pale golden

Bouquet: American oak, vanilla and coconut, hint of plums

Palate: Full malty flavour, medium sweet, vanilla and orange zest

Finish: Long and slightly spicy

Notes Courtesy of The Glenrothes

The Glenrothes Distillery

Location: Rothes, Banffshire AB38 7AA
Roads: By the Burn of Rothes

The Glenrothes Distillery sits beside the Burn of Rothes in the heart of Speyside – the area of the Scottish Highlands universally acknowledged as the heartland of malt distillation. Our private spring, “The Fairies’ (or Lady’s) Well”, is in the nearby Glen of Dounie, and all the land surrounding this vital source is owned and protected by the distillery.

Distillation began at Glenrothes on Sunday, December 28th 1879. In 1896 the distillery was expanded as demand from blenders grew for this increasingly prized malt whisky. 100 years after the founding, new stills were installed, in 1979.

Since its opening, the distillery was recognised as one of the best; the whisky one of the most sought after on Speyside. The structure, flavour and body of The Glenrothes makes it a ‘top dresser’ or quality enhancer found at the heart of some of the world’s finest blends such as Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse. Expert distillers and blenders claim that it produces one of the finest and most accomplished of malt whiskies.

The distillery is not open to the general public although sometimes special guests are invited to Rothes House and to visit the distillery.

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John Bimm
Posted 3375 days ago
Enjoying my first bottle of 1985 . Work of art.
Keith de Noble
Posted 3806 days ago
In my top 3 Speyside choices and I have a desire to sip it all day - but, alas, work must be done.
Brandon Price
Posted 4019 days ago
Vince if you are still looking for those glasses I believe you can get them at http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com/etchedd istilleryglasses.htm
Brandon Price
Posted 4019 days ago
I have experienced many of their offerings and have never been disappointed. Will forever remain one of my favorites. Cheers!
Posted 4171 days ago
Does anyone know where I can buy the exact same glasses as shown in the picture above ?
Brad Frost
Posted 4293 days ago
Simply the finest single malt I have tried! No other has come close to the smooth palate, sweet, soft after taste, gentle, inviting aroma.
Absolutely the finest....any of the vintages! You will not be disappointed.
Brad Frost
Posted 4293 days ago
Simply the finest single malt I've tried! No other has come close to the smooth palate, sweet, soft after taste, gentle, inviting aroma.
Absolutely the finest....any of the vintages! You will not be disappointed.
Caleb Grayson
Posted 4446 days ago
Glenrothes 1987; rich but balanced honeyed butter, turning into subtle floral notes overlaid by vanilla. A liquid dessert!
Joanne Bergstrom, Editor
Posted 4815 days ago
Glenrothes Vintage 1987 - light gold color, sweet, oranges, smooth and delicious.
Joanne Bergstrom
Posted 4816 days ago
Glenrothes 1991 is a wonderful Scotch - sweet with fruit, butterscotch and vanilla. Also had Glenrothes Select Reserve in a Blood & Sand martini (Scotch, OJ, cherry brandy, & sweet vermouth) - it was excellent!