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Glendronach

The Glendronach distillery lies at the Dronach Burn in the Deveron area. The whisky distillery was founded in 1826, by a syndicate headed by James Allardes. Thanks to the fifth Duke of Gordon, distillation throughout the highlands was legalized in the early 19th century. It is said the duke encouraged the group to build Glendronach. The distillery changed hands in 1852, to Walter Scott of Teaninich. Following his death, a group from Leith acquired the distillery.

It was in 1920 that William Grant’s son Charles Grant purchased Glendronach for £9,000. A few months later production began once more, the distillery having been silent for some time. During the 1960s, William Teacher and Sons acquired the distillery and subsequently installed two new stills. The distillery now has an annual capacity of 1.3 million litres. In 1976, Allied took over and in 1996 they mothballed the distillery. Production began again in 2002 and three years later, following the acquisition of Allied, Chivas Brothers became the new owner.

In 2005, the distillery was closed for a few months to allow for conversion from coal to steam to fire the stills. This change may well effect the character of the single malt whisky. When fire from coal directly heats the stills, the distribution of heat is somewhat uneven, creating hotspots. These hotspots proffer a richer, toffee-like Scotch whisky. Steam indirectly heats the stills, providing even distribution, without the caramel and toffee overtones. Long since associated with Teachers, Glendronach’s whisky has been used in the blends since the late 1800s. Following the Chivas Brothers acquisition, it has been a constituent of Chivas Regal. The Glendronach distillery was purchased by BenRiach’s owners in 2008 for £15 million. BenRiach remain the proprietors.

Glendronach Whisky Distillery

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About Glendronach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01466 730202

Distillery Capacity

1 300 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1826

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Benriach Distillery Co

Distillery Address

Forgue, Aberdeenshire AB54 6DB

1826

The distillery is founded by a consortium. James Allardes is one of the owners.

1837

The major part of the distillery is destroyed in a fire.

1852

Walter Scott (from Teaninich) takes over.

1887

Walter Scott dies and Glendronach is taken over by a consortium from Leith.

1920

Charles Grant, son of the founder of Glenfiddich Distillery, William Grant, buys Glendronach for £9 000 and starts production three months later.

1960

William Teacher & Sons buys the distillery.

1966

– The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1976

A visitor centre is opened.

1991

Glendronach is one of a select few in Caledonian Malts, launched by Allied Distillers.

1996

The distillery is mothballed.

2002

Production is resumed on 14th May.

2005

Glendronach 33 years old is launched. The distillery closes for six months to rebuild from coal to indirect firing by steam. Reopens in September. Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) becomes new owner through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.

2008

Pernod Ricard sells the distillery to the owners of BenRiach distillery.

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Glendronach finished in premier cru Sauternes casks, released in 2010.  More info
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This 15 year old Glendronach marks the release of whisky under new distillery ownership. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks, this was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2009 Malt Maniacs Awards.  More info
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Launched in 2011, this is a 15 year old Glendronach finished in tawny port casks. The result of this is additional rich, fruity flavours, particularly red berries, and add 46% the whisky retains tons...  More info
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One of two 18 year old single malt Scotch whiskies from Batch 10 of the GlenDronach single cask bottlings. It was matured for its entirety in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon, from October 1995 to June 2014...  More info
$161.20
An Oloroso sherry matured Glendronach, released under the new ownership of the distillery. Allardice is set to be a success.  More info
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$90.58
This is a 19 year old GlenDronach from Batch 10 of their single cask bottlings. Brimming with fruit, treacle and oak notes, this one. Distilled in December 1994, matured in a single Pedro Ximénez...  More info
$169.69
From Batch 10 of the GlenDronach single cask bottlings comes this Pedro Ximénez puncheon-matured single malt, bottled at 19 years old. The cask was filled in September 1994 and emptied in June 2014...  More info
$169.69
A 21 year old Glendronach released in 2011, and aged in a mix of sherry casks (Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry). The result is really very good indeed. Interestingly enough, this whisky...  More info
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$112.93
A 22 year old single malt, released as part of Batch 10 of the GlenDronach single cask bottlings. It was matured fully in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon from November 1991 to June 2014 and bottled with an...  More info
$212.14
An Oloroso Sherry butt-matured 22 year old single malt from GlenDronach, bottled as part of their tenth batch of single cask bottlings. It was distilled in May 1992 and bottled in June 2014 with an...  More info
$212.14
The oldest release from Batch 10 of GlenDronach's single cask bottlings is this 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured entirely in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon, from June 1990 to June 2014. Just...  More info
$239.30
Recherché is a very special release indeed with 1968 being the year that the oldest maturing casks in the GlenDronach warehouses were laid down. As this bottling's name suggests (recherché being the...  More info
$4370.03
Following batch one and two, batch three of GlenDronach Cask Strength has a lot to live up to. Luckily, as De La Soul told us, three is a magic number, and batch 3 does not disappoint in the...  More info
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$88.16
A lovely 10 year Glendronach from a cask that bears the year I was born, 1988. This is however the cask number - the distillation date was in fact 2002. As it was bottled in June 2013, shortly before...  More info
$92.34
A 12 year old from the Speyside distillery, Glendronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.  More info
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Oh yes, the GlenDronach single cask bottlings are back with Batch 10! This is the youngest of the group, a 12 year old single malt, distilled in 2002 and finished in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon. 565...  More info
$106.87
The 12yo expression of Glendronach is increasingly well-regarded by experts and like its 15yo older brother, this is a complex and involving whisky.  More info
$252.12
Glendronach finished in American virgin oak casks.  More info
$67.23
This is a fifteen year old Glendronach and people who like their Glendronach will probably agree that fifteen years tends to be a very good age for Glendronach and this bottling from Douglas Laing is...  More info
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Glendronach finished in Moscatel wine casks.  More info
A 17 year old Glendronach matured in a single PX cask that yielded 709 delicious bottles at a natural cask strength of 53.1% abv.  More info
$138.45
A beautiful single cask Glendronach from the distillery's impressive official range, this was distilled in 1994 before an 18 year maturation in Oloroso Sherry Butt number 98 (thus the dark hue)...  More info
An 18 year old GlenDronach single malt, part of batch 9 from the single cask bottlings series. It spent "18 long years" in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon number 3302. We're unsure of the difference...  More info
$147.54
Another 18 year old single malt from the tenth batch of GlenDronach single cask bottlings, also matured in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon. This one was distilled in February 1996 and eventually bottled in...  More info
$161.20
This is a single cask Glendronach, matured in an Oloroso sherry butt, and very nice it is too.  More info
$135.80
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