Distillery Bottlings

Posted 03 January 2018

In May of 2017, The Glenrothes was bought back by its previous owner Edrington. Berry Brothers & Rudd had owned the brand since 2010, when a deal was struck with Edrington which included the sale of the popular, high volume blend Cutty Sark. Fast forward to the end of 2017 and Edrington are already doing exactly what they intended – fast-tracking the distillery’s output into single malt production to raise its visibility and sales growth worldwide.

Posted 15 March 2018

Speyside distillery Glenrothes produces a veritable cornucopia of bottlings under their ‘Reserve’ brand. Currently there’s a dozen bottlings listed on their website covering a wide range of ages, wood types, styles and price points. Several of these have been produced exclusive for travel retail. The distillery’s first foray into the sometimes anomalous travel retail world came in 2013 with the launch of the Manse Brae collection. A trio of bottlings formed the collection - Manse Reserve (NAS), Elders’ Reserve (18 year old) and Minister’s Reserve (21 year old). These were joined a few years later by Ancestor’s Reserve (25 year old).

Posted 12 September 2017

Rothes is currently home to four distilleries – Glen Grant, Glen Spey, Speyburn and Glenrothes. Caperdonich was also located in the town, but was mothballed in 2002 and sadly demolished in 2010. Glenrothes was founded in 1878 and its amalgamation with Bunnahabhain on Islay brought ‘Highland Distillers’ into existence. Its production capacity increased in the 1960’s with the addition of an additional pair of stills (taking the total to six). In 2010, owners Berry Bros & Rudd sold their Cutty Sark blended whisky brand to Erdington in exchange for the ownership of Glenrothes. Early this year, Edrington bought the distillery back from Berry’s with new plans to increase the distilleries penetration in to the international markets for single malt.

Posted 22 August 2018

I take reviewing quite seriously. Nine times out of ten (insofar that it’s possible), I use the same glass, in the same seat, with same pen at the same time of day. There are so many variables when it comes to tasting - I try to minimise the ones I can. The weather and my mood alas, are much harder to predict and control. As such, sometimes when I taste a whisky in a different (casual, non-reviewing) environment, I’m highly aware that my initial interaction can sometimes set unrealistic or distorted expectations for a review session taking place at a later date. It’s always all a matter of opinion, but I endeavour to ensure mine at least possesses a consistent context.

Independent Bottlings


Posted 02 August 2018

This Glenrothes was matured for 20 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead and then re-racked into a 2nd fill hogshead that had been subjected to a heavy toast and medium char. Spicy & Sweet profile.



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