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GLENROTHES - GLENLIVET       8 years old 40 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY                
The Highland Distillers Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail. Elgin

GLEN ROTHES - GLENLIVET       20 years old 46 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
           
Sherry Wood Matured
Distilled December 1967
Bottled February 1988
Proprietors:
The Highland Distilleries Co, Ltd
Wm, Cadenhead, 18 Golden Square,
Aberdeen

GLEN ROTHES   8 years old 43%                 
THE ULTIMATE  SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 16.1.86
Bottled 10.94
Cask No. 91
Van Wees, Amersfoort

THE GLENROTHES   12 years old 43 %
lAST BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY              
1985
Distilled 1985
Bottled 1997
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St James's Street, London

GLENROTHES   17 years old 40%              
CENTENARY RESERVE
1895- 1995
Distilled 1978
Bottled 1995
Proprietors:
The Highland Distilleries Co, Ltd
100 years of quality and exellence
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

THE GLENROTHES   12 years old 43 %                 
Last Bottle and empty
1987
Distilled 1987
Bottled 1999
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 st James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   11 years old 43 %                 
1989
Distilled 1989
Bottled 2000
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   28 years old 43 %     INFO       
RESTRICTED RELEASE
1971
Distilled 1971
Bottled 1999
Genummerde flessen
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   27 years old 43 %                
1973
Distilled 1973
Bottled 2000
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St. James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   21 years old 43 %     INFO            
RESTRICTED RELEASE
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
1978
Distilled 1978
Bottled 1999
Genummerde flessen
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St. James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   35 years old 40.90 %                 
PEERLESS
A Unique Whisky of Distinction
´'Fons et Origo'
Cask Strenght
Distilled 05.1967
Cask No. 8389
Bottled 06.2002
231 bottles
Genummerde flessen
Duncan Taylor & Co.

THE GLENROTHES   18 years old 43 %     INFO              
1981
Distilled 1981
Bottled 1999
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St. James's Street, London

THE GLENROTHES   12 years old 43 %                 
1992
Distilled 1992
Bottled 2004
Berry Bros. & Rudd,
3 St. James' Street, London

GLENROTHES      15 years old 43 %              
1989
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 21/8/89
Bottled 8/11/04
Matured  in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no.   31141
Numbered Bottles
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

GLENROTHES   13 years old 43 %               
1990
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled  11/5/90
Bottled 28/11/03
Matured  in a Sherry Butt
Butt  no.   10984
Numbered Bottles
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

GLENROTHES  Aged  41 years  43.0 %
1 9 6 8
PEERLESS  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Cask Strenght Singl;e Speyside Malt
DUNCAN  TAYLOR
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
D T C
Distilled 19.06.68
Cask no. 9974
Bottled 22.02.10
139 Numbered Bottles
Duncan Taylor and  Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

GLENROTHES             1 9 9 4                                        
17 years old 46 %
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE
MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 28/01/94
Matured in a Refill Sherry Butt
Cask no: 1102
Bottled: 09/03/11
846 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

GLENROTHES INFO
1 9 8 6
20 years old 40 %                             
PREMIERS  CHOICE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
SIR  WINSTON  CHURCHIL 1874- 1965
Distilled in the year 1986
Bottled in the year 2006
Numbered Bottles
Imported by Independent
Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Co,Ltd, Bangkok
                                                                                 

GLENROTHES
30  years  old  43 %                                           
THE  MACPHAILS  SINGLE  DISTILLERIES
COLLECTION
From Glenrothes Distillery
Specially selected, produced and bottled
By Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Highland Malt
Speyside
GLENROTHES - GLENLIVET (1878  

Rothes, Moray. Eigendom van The Highland Distilleries Pic.
James Stuart, eigenaar van Mavallan, besloot uit te breiden, maar kon dit niet geheel zelf opbrengen.
Hij nam als partners twee medewerkers van de Caledonian Bank, de beheerder van het filiaal te Rothers, Robert Dick en de juridische adviseur van het filiaal te Elgin, van dezelfde bank, John Cruickshank.
De uitbreiding was heel succesvol en de partners dachten aan de bouw van een nieuwe dis-tilleerderij.
Maar in 1878 brak de ergste economische crisis sinds honderd jaar uit.
De City of Glasgow Bank ging bankroet en de Caledonian Bank kwam in heel grote moeilijkheden .
Dit was rampzalig voor de twee partners van James Stuart, zowel Dick als Cruickshank waren niet alleen aandeelhouders van de bank, maar hadden hun eigen rekeningcourant krediet gebruikt voor de financiering van hun deelname in het whiskyavontuur.
Ze beëindigden hun samenwerking met James Stuart en vormden een nieuwe maatschappij samen met William Grant & Co, te Elgin.
Door de gewijzigde omstandigheden werd Glenrothes op een veel kleinere schaal gebouwd. De eerste spirit kwam op 28 December 1879 uit de ketels.
Dat was ook de dag dat tengevolge van een geweldige storm de brug over de Tay instortte. De manager was J.B. Henderson.
De tijden bleven slecht, en Glenrothes produceerde ongeveer 80.000 gallons whisky per jaar, terwijl het 132.000 kon produceren.
Er moest steeds meer geld worden geleend: eerst van de bank E 2000, gevolgd door weer E 800, toen van twee lokale zakenmensen elk E 1000, gevolgd door E 2000, geleend van Vice - Admiraal Crombie - Gordon en ook nog E 600 van een dominee in Archiestown.
En alsof het nog niet erg genoeg was besloot James Stuart, hun vroegere partner, zelf toch een tweede distilleerderij te bouwen in 1883: Glen Spey.
Er volgde een strijd om het gebruik van water, wat een jaar in beslag nam.
In 1887 fuseerden de Islay Distillery Company, eigenaar van Bunnahabhain, met Glenrothes, en met actieve steun van W.A. Robertson, van Robertson & Baxter, die zich tot afname van veel van de whisky verplichtte, werd Highland Distillers gevormd.
Na deze fusie ging het veel beter met Glenrothes en in 1898 werd de produktiecapaciteit verdubbeld.
De eerste directeur van Highland Distillers werd W.A. Robertson.
Robertson & Baxter (1857) zijn whiskyblenders en wijnhandelaren te Glasgow.

In 1892 wordt Glenglassaugh gekocht.
In 1898 werd Tamdhu overgenomen.
Op 15 Mei 1922 ging 200.000 Gallon whisky in vlammen op.
In 1980 werd het ketelhuis uitgebreid, gevolgd door een uitbreiding in 1989, wat het aantal ketels op tien bracht, met een capaciteit van 5^ miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Highland Park werd overgenomen in 1937.
In 1948 werden aandelen gekocht in Robertson & Baxter, blenders van onder andere Cutty Sark van Berry Bros & Rudd. (1690).
Robertson & Baxter zijn zelf weer de eigenaars van Lang Brothers, op hun beurt de eigenaars van Glengoyne.
In 1970 werd Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd, blenders van The Famous Grouse overgenomen door The Highland Distillers Company Pic.
In November 1979 was Highland Distillers doelwit van een overname poging door Hiram Walker (Canada). Ook werd er een nieuw ketelhuis bijgebouwd en werd het aantal ketels van acht op tien verhoogd.
Deze poging vond geen genade in de ogen van de Monopolies and Mergers Commission in Januari 1980.
In 1998 was er een management buy-out.
In 1990 betaalde The Highland Distillers Compant Pic E 75.9 000.000 aan Orphar, de controlerende firma van Remy Martin en Cointreau, wat ze van 20 % in het aandelen-kapitaal verzekerde.
Toen ook verkocht Highland Distillers zijn 12,7 % belang in The Macallan aan Orphar en verwierf voor E 31.3 000.000 The Glenturret van Cointreau.
Zowel het proces- als koelwater komt van land, rondom de distilleerderij gelegen. Glenrothes maakt ook deel uit van The Famous Grouse.
De bijna kogelronde fles van Glenrothes is ontworpen door Clare Berry Green, zuster van David Berry Green, van het meest prestigieuse wijnhuis van Engeland, en 300 jaar oud, Berry Bros & Rudd.
Ze liet zich inspireren door de gebruikte flessen in de 'Sample Room'.
De Mash tun is 5 ton. De twintig Wash backs hebben een inhoud van elk 25000 liter.
De vijf Wash stills zijn 22000 liter groot, de vijf Spirit stills elk 19000 liter en worden indirect door stoom verhit.
Glenrothes is 'Home of Cutty Sark'.
Glenrothes 12 years old werd voor het eerst uitgebracht in 1987. De maximale output is 4,7 miljoen liter spirit.
Glenrothes is een snelrijpende whisky, en is zelfs al heel genietbaar met vier a vijf jaar.
Glenrothes is heel geliefd bij blenders.
Glenrothes Distillery is famous for a fire which destroyed the No. 1 cask warehouse on 15th May 1922. Two hundred thousand gallons of maturing whisky went up in smoke and poured into the Burn of Rothes as the casks exploded.
Is is said that the trout were easy to reel in that night as they were 'docile' from the Glenrothes spirit.

PEERLESS
Duncan Taylor & Co, Huntly, Aberdeen.
In 1933 begon Abe Rosenberg, samen met twee broers een drankengroothandel in Syosset te New York.
De Star Liqueor Company verkocht de merken Duncan Taylor, Hartley Parkers en McColls in de staten New York, Connecticut en Miami.
Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd Abe Rosenberg de alleen importeur van J & B blended whisky.
In 1964 begon Abe Rosenberg te investeren in vaten Schotse Single Malt Whisky, en lette bij aankoop in het bijzonder op de soort- en kwaliteit van het hout van de vaten.
De whiskies van Islay hadden zijn bijzondere voorkeur.
In 1994, op 85 jarige leeftijd overleed Abe Rosenberg, en het beheer van zijn omvangrijke erfenis kwam in handen van een liefdadigheidsinstelling, die zijn naam droeg.
Om de erfenis ten gelde te maken zochten de beheerders contact in Schotland en kwamen uiteindelijk in contact met Euan Shand.
Euan Shand, zoon van een vroegere manager van Glendronach, en opgegroeid op de distilleer-derij, ging na zijn opleiding werken bij Allied Distillers te Glasgow, en was ook nog kort tijdelijk manager van Ardmore.
Na een korte onderbreking administrateur - boekhouder startte hij de Bennachie Scotch Whisky Co.
In 1997 kocht Euan Shand de merken Glendarroch en Whisky Galore.
Euan Shand werd koper de whiskyvoorraad en Duncan Taylor & Co.
Deze voorraad bestaat uit ongeveer 4000 vaten whisky, deels inmiddels heel oud en bijzonder.
Macallen, Bowmore, Glen Grant en St. Magdalene, Laphroaig en Bunnahabhain uit 1966, gelagerd in Cognac en Sherryvaten.

In 1896, extension work at the Glenrothes - Glenlivet distillery began on a second
malt kin and an increase in stills from two to four but before the work was finished
a fire in December 1897 caused serious damage. The distillery saw further damage
with a serious explosion in 1903 and again in 1922 when there was a fire in ware-
house Number 1.

Glenrothes - Glenlivet Distillery was closed in 1942, when the Ministry of Food
requisitioned it for drying oats

During the 1970s the distillery was completely refurbished and in 1982 a new still
House was built for ten stills.

In 1972 Highland Distilleries Co Ltd set up the subsidiary Glenrothes - Glenlivet
Ltd to manage the distillery.

In 1988 this company became Glenrothes Distillery Co Ltd

In 1868 James Davidson sold his Macallan distillery at Rothes, Moray to James
Stuart, proprietor of the Mills of Rothes.

In 1875 James Stuart went into partnership with Robert Dick, the agent of the
Caledonian Bank in Rothes. Two other partners joined them: William Grant,
also of the Caledonian Bank and John Cruickshank a solicitor from Elgin in Moray

The four men formed the firm of James Stuart & Co to improve the distillery. In
1878 they decided to build a new distillery in Rothes, Moray, but the project was
Threatened by the collapse of th City of Glasgow Bank.

The result was the suspension of business at the Caledonian Bank and consequently
the partnership was dissolved in 1878. James Stuart retained the Macallan distillery
and meal mill. In the same year John Cruickshank, William Grant and Robert Dick
formed a new firm, William Grant & Co and continued with the construction of the
new distillery.

In May 1879 the Glenrothes - Glenlivet distillery was opened, with Robertson &
Baxter appointed as agents

The partners faced several years of financial difficulty and debt, including pressure
from the bank on Robert Dick and William Grant who were still employees.

From 1883 the performance of Glenrothes - Glenlivet improved. In 1884 marketing
was assisted when the firm was finally permitted, together with the other distillers
of Speyside, Moray to use the formerly restricted 'Glenlivet'name and so the distil-
lery became known as the Glenrothes - Glenlivet Distillery

However in 1885 the decrease in the distiller's profits once more reflected the de-
pression of the market. In July 1897 as a result of this depression William Grant
& Co merged with the Islay Distillery, proprietors of Bunnahabhain Distillery,
on Islay, Argyll & Bute, to form Highland Distilleries Co Ltd.


September 2012

GLENROTHES  EXTRAORDINARY  CASK  COLLECTION:

Berry Bross & Rudd has launched a 1970 Vintage as the first from a series of single cask
bottling from the 1960s and 1970s.

There are 179 bottles of the 1970 single cask bottling at 40.6 % and non chill filtered from
a ex bourbon hogshead.  

08 October, 2014


Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has announced the release of The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve, a range of 10 different vintages from the last three decades.
The Glenrothes Vintage single malts all carry an age statement and have an RRP of TW$1200 per bottle.
The Glenrothes 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 will initially launch in Taiwan in November with worldwide release following in 2015.

Ronnie Cox, The Glenrothes brand heritage director, said: "Unlike other malts that bottle by age, we choose whiskies that represent the best of a particular year and marry them together when they are ready.
"Whisky enthusiasts want to know what they are buying and, as ever, we are happy to oblige by being open and transparent about the 10 Vintages assembled together for Vintage Reserve, our most complex Reserve to date," Cox said.



GLENROTHES DISTILLERY

SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Mashing is speedy, while fermentation in a mix of steel and wood is on the shorter side. A ratio of two wood to one steel balances any differences in character, while the length of the fermentation introduces a cereal note beneath the fruit. Distillation, however, is long in very tall stills with boil bulbs which help to maximise reflux and allow the full range of Glenrothes’ complexities to be teased out.

The bulk is then aged in ex-Sherry casks (European and Spanish) which again necessitates the need for lengthy maturation. Ex-Bourbon is also used. The result is a multifaceted single malt which combines nuts and fruits with a distinctly sweet spiciness.


Map
REGION
Speyside
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt
DISTILLERY STATUS
Working
GLENROTHES HISTORY

Built in 1878 at the start of the third wave of distilleries, Glenrothes almost foundered before it was even completed. Like any number of what were still speculative ventures, the initial investors (all of whom owned Macallan at the time) fell foul of wider economic circumstance, in their case the collapse of the Glasgow Bank. The group split, with William Grant (not the same as Glenfiddich), Robert Dick and John Cruikshank continuing with their Rothes plan which was only completed thanks to a timely loan from the United Free Presbyterian Church of Knockando who though strict Rechabites (teetotalers) were clearly imbued with the spirit of Christian charity.

Glenrothes prospered after this less than happy start and when it amalgamated with Bunnahabhain in 1887 brought Highland Distillers into existence. With Robertson & Baxter as agents, Glenrothes was immediately marked out as top-class blending material, its most notable destinations being Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse.

As with many distilleries, the 1960s boom saw an increase in capacity (here from four to six stills), and continuing optimism saw another pair being added in 1980 just as the rest of the industry was calming supply down. In 1989 it once again defied the market and upped the number to ten.

In 1987 its long relationship with Cutty Sark brought Glenrothes into the portfolio of London wine merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd (which owned 50% of the Cutty brand). This was given greater impetus in 1993 when Berrys repackaged the single malt and began releasing expressions as vintages rather than standard age statements. These smaller single year batches allowed Berrys to express different aspects of the whisky’s evolution during maturation (rather than differences between flavour from year to year).

In recent years the vintages have been joined by larger volume no-age-statement releases such as Select Reserve and Alba Reserve.

In 2010, Berrys sold Cutty Sark to Edrington (the firm formed out of Highland Distillers) in exchange for ownership of The Glenrothes brand. The plant itself however remained part of Edrington and the liquid played a significant role in the firm’s blends as well as those from competitors.

In 2017 Edrington bought the Glenrothes brand back from Berry Bros. in a bid to accelerate the single malt’s growth in international markets.

TIMELINE

1878
James Stuart & Co builds a new distillery in Rothes with William Grant, Robert Dick and John Cruikshank
1979
The distillery opens under William Grant & Co, and minus the involvement of Stuart who suffered financial setbacks
1884
The distillery changes its name to Glenrothes-Glenlivet
1887
Glenrothes merges with Islay Distillery Co, owner of Bunnahabhain, to form Highland Distillers
1897
A fire breaks out at the distillery, and an explosion six years later causes significant damage
1863
Glenrothes' stills are expanded from four to six. Over the next 26 years the figure rises to 10 stills
1987
Glenrothes begins its relationship with London wine merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd by joining its portfolio
1993
Berry Bros. repackages the brand and begins to release single vintages
1999
Edrington, along with William Grant & Sons, buys Highland Distillers
2010
Edrington buys the Cutty Sark brand from Berry Bros, giving the merchant the Glenrothes brand (not the distillery) in return
2013
The Glenrothes no-age-statement Manse Brae collection is released
2017
The Glenrothes brand is repurchased by Edrington, reuniting the brand and distillery once more
GLENROTHES FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
5.2
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
55-60hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
5.45
HEAT SOURCE i
Indirect steam
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
14,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
STILLS i
10
WAREHOUSING i
40,000 butt equivalent of dunnage and racked
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
24,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
12 wood, 8 stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
20
WATER SOURCE i
Spring
YEAST TYPE i
Cream
OWNERS

The Edrington Group logo
PARENT COMPANY

The Edrington Group
1999 - present (distillery only from 2010-17)
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Berry Bros & Rudd
2010 - 2017 (brand only)
Highland Distillers
1887 - 1999
William Grant & Co
1879 - 1887
James Stuart & Co
1878 - 1879

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