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Glen Ord

One of but a handful of Scotch whisky distilleries that possess onsite barley maltings, Glen Ord has a decidedly large maltings capacity of around 36,000 tonnes annually, thus it also provides malt for several other Diageo-owned distilleries. The Glen Ord distillery lies in the village of Muir of Ord to the north of Inverness. It was during the 13th century that King Alexander III gave areas of land to the Mackenzie’s of Ord. In 1820, Thomas Mackenzie inherited a plot of land and used much of it to grow barley.

The Black Isle, as the area is known, has long since been associated with the cultivation of barley and accordingly the Ord Distillery Company was founded in 1838 and licensed to Donald MacLennan and Robert Johnstone. The pair filed for bankruptcy some nine years later, but continued to run the distillery illegally until Thomas McGregor and Alexander McLennan applied for a new licence in 1855. There have been several bottlings over the years, including a few limited releases and a couple of twelve year-olds, including the Singleton of Glen Ord, which is destined for Asian consumers.

Glen Ord had long since been serving the Asian market and exporting overseas; during the 19th century Scotch whisky from the distillery was sold in British Colonies including South Africa and Asia. Acquired by John Dewar and Sons in 1923, who amalgamated two years later with Distillers Company Limited, Glen Ord was eventually transferred to the subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers. They in turn were acquired by Guinness in 1985 and following the merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan in 1997, the whisky distillery is now in Diageo hands.

Glen Ord Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Ord Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01463 872004

Distillery Founded

1838

Distillery Capacity

5 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1838

Thomas Mackenzie founds the distillery and licenses it to Ord Distillery Co. (Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan).

1847

Robert Johnstone, by now single owner of Ord Distillery Co., becomes bankrupt and the distillery is put up for sale.

1855

Alexander MacLennan and Thomas McGregor buy the distillery.

1870

Alexander MacLennan dies and the distillery is taken over by his widow who even-tually marries the banker Alexander Mackenzie.

1877

Alexander Mackenzie leases the distillery.

1878

Alexander Mackenzie builds a new still house and barely manages to start production before a fire destroys it.

1882

Mackenzie registers the name Glenoran to be used for whisky from Glen Ord.

1896

Alexander Mackenzie dies and the distillery is sold to the blending company James Watson & Co. for £15,800.

1923

John Jabez Watson, James Watson’s son and the only remaining family member, dies and the distillery is sold to John Dewar & Sons. The name is changed from Glen Oran to Glen Ord.

1925

Dewar’s joins Distillers Company Limited.

1930

Glen Ord is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1961

Substantial renovation takes place; floor maltings is abandoned in favour of Saladin box.

1966

The two stills are increased to six.

1968

To augment the Saladin box a drum maltings is built.

1983

Malting in the Saladin box ceases.

1988

A visitor centre is opened.

2002

A 12 year old is launched.

2003

A limited-edition cask strength, 28 years, is launched.

2004

A 25 year old is launched.

2005

A 30 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo.

2006

A 12 year old Singleton of Glen Ord is launched.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Glen Ord single cask, distilled in March 1990 and bottled in October 2008 by Douglas Laing. This 18 year old was matured in a refill hogshead and is part of a release of 257 bottles.  More info
A 20 year old Glen Ord, distilled on the 5th February 1990 and aged in puncheon number 1160 before bottling on the 9th June 2010 for the Bladnoch Forum. A release of 653 numbered bottles.  More info
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Distilled at Glen Ord (known for its aromatic, malty style) on the 20th February 1998 and aged in a hogshead before bottling on the 9th August 2010. Just 270 bottles…  More info
This was distilled at Glen Ord in January 1989 and aged in cask 3336 (a refill butt) for 18 years before bottling in February 2007. A release of 808 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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12 year old distilled on the 20th February 1998 and aged in hogshead 3473 and bottled on the 24th September 1998 at natural cask strength. Just 266 bottles of this.  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Ord distillery on the 20th February 1998, and aged in hogshead number 3474 for 12 years before bottling by Signatory at cask strength on the 24th September 2010. A...  More info
Distilled at Glen Ord on the 20th February 1998 and aged for 12 years in hogshead 3476 before bottling by Signatory on the 1st February 2011. A release of 246 bottles.  More info
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