The Glenrothes is an award winning Speyside Single Malt and a pioneer in the whisky industry. All their Single Malt is Vintage Whisky. And when they say Vintage, they don't just mean aged; they mean whisky distilled in a particular year that has reached its peak of maturity, character and flavour. On 28th December 1879 the first pure spirit flowed from the stills at The Glenrothes distillery. The quality of this spirit quickly became prized inside information within the whisky industry and highly sought after by Master Blenders. In the early 1990's London's oldest wine and spirit merchant Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd, the owners of The Glenrothes whisky, took the bold step of bringing to life the pioneering Vintage Single Malt they know and enjoy today. The concept then, as it is now, was to find whiskies from the distillery which would represent the best of a particular year - that is a Vintage. Being a wine and spirit merchant, they understand if you combine different Vintages you can make great products, unlike other Single Malts which wait until they are exactly, for example, 12 years old. The search then begun to find casks of such outstanding quality that Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd. felt worthy of their new concept and could stamp it with the "Vintage" seal. The Glenrothes Distillery Manager went to work on finding the first Vintage cask, checking the progress of maturation, nosing a sample from each. The 1979 Single Vintage was exceptional and the first of its kind in the Scotch Whisky industry. It was soon followed by others and in time, the equally special Select Reserve, their first Reserve. It showcased the perfect marriage of exceptional Vintages, creating a characteristic flavour profile the Malt Master was proud to put his name to.