Glenrothes Speyside Whisky Distillery
Established in the town of Rothes in Morayshire in 1878 by Robert Dick, John Cruickshank, William Grant and James Stuart this distillery did not start production until the following year by which time James Stuart had left the partnership due to financial difficulties. The distillery there after traded as William Grant & Co (the other better known one is William Grant & Sons) who merged with the Islay Distillery Co in 1887 to form Highland Distillers Company (HDC).
This is another of the distilleries that was set up at the height of the whisky boom but unlike lots of others it has survived the rigours of war and depression. Drawing its pure water from the nearby Lady’s Well and consistently producing a good quality spirit it remained viable with nearly all of its production being used for blending Cutty Sark and the Famous Grouse blended Scotch Whisky’s.
It also has survived an explosion and two serious fires but on all three occasions it has risen from the ashes stronger than before. Very seldom was this single malt released but Gordon & Macphail did release an 8 year old in the 1970s followed by an official 12 year old in the 1980s.
Purchased by the Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons in 1999 for the huge sum of over £600 million this Speyside Single Malt Whisky Distillery has become very successful. Rather than releasing single malts with an age statement Glenrothes has tended to release many “Vintage” single malt whisky’s which have become a big hit with malt fans.
Interestingly the brand name Glenrothes was sold to Berry Brothers & Rudd in 2010 although the Edrington Group retain ownership of the distillery and plant.
Taste: An Easy Drinking, Smooth and Rich Malt.