Glenrothes, founded 1878, is a pretty big Speyside distillery with capacity of 5.6 million liters of spirit per annum.
In 2010 Berry Bros. & Rudd took over the ownership of the brand, while the distillery remained in hands of the Edrington Group. Glenrothes has been main malt supplier for The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark brands, as a single malt it has been gaining popularity with annual sales reaching 800 000 bottles. In 2017 the brand returned to the Edrington Group for undisclosed sum but Berry Bros. CEO admitted that the Edrington offer was too good to pass. Glenrothes 2001 Vintage was aged in a mixture of American and European oak and bottled at 43% abv in 2015.
Nose: malty, sweet cereals, toffee, milk chocolate, honey, cherries, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of tobacco and oak.
Palate: candied orange and lemon peel, baked apples dusted with cinnamon, vanilla, honey, cloves, hints of ginger and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cocoa and oak.