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The Whisky

The Foundations of The Glenrothes Single Malt

Complex, full and beautifully balanced, every dram of The Glenrothes is a statement of the whisky maker's craft. Fine Speyside single malt born from an unwavering commitment to the best raw materials, patient distillation and the highest quality casks.

Water: the five sources

Our whisky begins its journey at the sources of the Brauchhill and the Fairies Well, whose soft waters flow from the West and are joined by the Ardcanny Spring and Dounie Well from the North. 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.

Distillation

Why hurry perfection? 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. And that’s the way we’ll continue to do it.

Sherry Seasoned Cask

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. At The Glenrothes 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.

Natural Colour

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 whisky's 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.