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Glenrothes whisky brand acquired by Edrington

The Glenrothes single malt whisky

Edrington, the spirits company behind whisky brands The Famous Grouse and The Macallan, has acquired The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt from Berry Bros & Rudd.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will see The Glenrothes brand reunited with The Glenrothes distillery and cooperage, which have been owned and run by Edrington via Highland Distillers since 1887.

Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant, has distributed The Glenrothes in international markets since 1995 and purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 2010. During this time the brand has grown to become a significant participant in the growing single malt Scotch whisky market.

Berry Bros & Rudd chief executive Dan Jago said: “It has been a great honour to be the guardians of The Glenrothes brand over the past seven years. Berry Bros & Rudd has nurtured The Glenrothes brand and we are delighted our distributor and importer business Fields, Morris & Verdin will continue to distribute The Glenrothes in the UK.

“Berry Bros. & Rudd has always delighted in the development and cultivation of new spirits brands and the sale will enable us to invest further, developing our business ambitions in this area.”

Paul Ross, managing director of Edrington’s super premium business unit, added: “We are very pleased to be reuniting the brand with its distillery and we know it will be an excellent member of Edrington’s leading family of premium brands.”

Berry Bros & Rudd will continue to distribute The Glenrothes in the UK. Edrington and its joint venture distribution companies already distribute the brand in several of its key markets, including Spain, the Nordics, Asia and travel retail.

The Glenrothes will also now be distributed by Edrington Americas in the US, which is the world’s largest market for premium spirits. Existing distribution contracts will transfer to Edrington with the brand.

The malt will remain under the care of Gordon Motion, Edrington’s master whisky maker, who has been crafting The Glenrothes whisky for the past seven years.

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