The world has come a long way since 1879. Hidden away beside a leafy gorge in Speyside, there’s a place where things have remained pretty much the same. A place where no distractions or noise get in the way of the ultimate goal: making one of the world’s finest single malts. What began there in 1879 – continues today. The making of a no-nonsense, finely crafted single malt.
Our whisky begins its journey at the sources of the Brauchhill and the Fairies Well. To this day The Glenrothes is one of the few distilleries in Scotland to have its own source of water for production, processing and spirit reduction, right on the estate. A natural river that divides the estate in two and reminds us every day, with the creation of every bottle of The Glenrothes, that we owe an important debt to nature.
Our new make spirit is carefully nurtured in our tall copper stills at the distillery for much longer than is strictly necessary. Slow distillation provides a lighter, fruitier spirit, eliminating more impurities and allowing for the production of a more delicately flavoured spirit. That’s the way we’ve always done it.
As one of the last distilleries in Scotland to maintain our own in- house cooperage, we take wood very seriously. That’s why the majority of The Glenrothes is matured in sherry seasoned oak casks. These are carefully produced to our exacting standards, in Jerez, Spain. Our commitment to the importance of sherry seasoning persists, in order to ensure the delivery of the flavour profiles achieved through a careful balance of European and American Oak. We continue to source and repair the most sought after sherry casks at our cooperage, driven by the knowledge that to make the best whisky, only the best wood will do.
When it comes to casks, honesty is everything. A The Glenrothes should always go from cask to glass with its natural colour intact, a demonstration of a commitment to transparency as well as a testament to the whisky maker’s expertise. That’s why our colour is derived only from our own casks, never added as an afterthought. All The Glenrothes whisky emerges from its casks with an authentic colour.
The heart and soul of The Glenrothes is its whisky. Quietly and without fanfare, our distillery has been producing some of Speyside’s finest single malt for more than a century. Immaculate, unchanging and created by authentic whisky craftsmen. One of the best kept secrets in Speyside. While the world happened around us we’ve always focussed on the thing we do best: making whisky.