A comprehensive website which includes videos of a tour of the distillery, and tastings of various Glenrothes vintages with brand ambassador, Ronnie Cox. It also has a history of the distillery.
Glenrothes distillery is not open to the public. Though it does apparently have a Cutty Sark Visitor Centre for invited guests. I visited in May 2013 during the Spirit of Speyside Festival - more pics and details to follow.
The Glenrothes brand is owned by Berry Bros and Rudd (BBR), but the distillery is still owned and operated by Edrington. BBR had already had a long relationship with the Glenrothes malt,but the ownership is actually even more complicated, as Edrington's parent company is 30% owned by William Grant & Sons (owners of Glenfiddich etc). Even more confusingly the owners of Glenrothes in its early years were William Grant & Co - a different unrelated William Grant.
Glenrothes is also strongly associated with (and a major part of) the Cutty Sark blend, long owned by BBR, but exchanged with Edrington for the Glenrothes Single Malt brand.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (10 miles) or Keith (KEH) (12). Live train times: ELG, KEH.
Glenrothes is near the middle of Rothes, heading towards Elgin turn left immediately after crossing the Burn of Rothes into Burnside Street.
Glenrothes' range consists of a number of vintages rather than age statement whiskies. This imposes a more restrictive range of casks to select from (with an age statement you can always use older casks if you need to). Glenrothes uses a distinctive rounded bottle "based on the distillery's classic sample bottle" according to the website. Minimalist packaging is used to show off the bottle.
As well as the vintages (currently 1978, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994,1995, 1998), they also produce a Select Reserve, Alba Reserve, Robur Reserve and some single cask bottlings.
Independent Bottlings are also quite common, particularly from Gordon & MacPhail and Signatory.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with damaged tyre.
Bikespokes Forres 07801 365710 @
Van based mobile servicing & repairs - normally 25 miles radius from Forres, but will travel further for an extra charge
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Glenrothes Distillery are available on Flickr.