Berry Bros. & Rudd sells the Glenrothes

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the sale of the Glenrothes, the Speyside single malt scotch whisky, to Edrington for an undisclosed sum.

Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant, and the sale of Glenrothes Speyside will reunite Glenrothes with its distillery and cooperage, which has been owned by Edrington since 1887.

Chief executive of Berry Bros. & Rudd, 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.”

Berry Bros. & Rudd has distributed the Glenrothes in international markets since 1995 and purchased the brand from Highland Distillers in 2010.

Paul Ross, managing director of Edrington’s super premium business unit, said:  “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, including The Macallan and Highland Park.”

Berry Bros. & Rudd will continue to distribute the Glenrothes in the UK and Edrington with its joint venture distribution companies that already distribute the brand in several of its key markets.

The Glenrothes will also be distributed by Edrington Americas in the USA, which is the world’s largest market for premium spirits.