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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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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
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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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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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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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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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Glendronach finished in Moscatel wine casks.  More info
A 33 year old from the Glendronach distillery, matured in Oloroso sherry casks. This comes Whisky Mag Recommended.  More info
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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
A glorious 1992 vintage Glendronach with a rich, dark, sherried colour, this was aged in a sherry cask (Oloroso butt number 1123) for 19 years before bottling at natural cask strength.  More info
This single cask Glendronach spent a 20 year maturation in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (cask 3183), before being bottled in 2012.  More info
This is a superb single cask Glendronach, distilled in 1989 before a maturation in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon. It was bottled after 22 years and offers an incredible flavour.  More info
Aged in Oloroso Butt number 710 for a full 40 years, this is truly brilliant stuff from the Glendronach distillery. It was distilled in 1972 and was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012.  More info
This is a single cask bottling of the Glendronach single malt from a cask filled in 1993 prior to the distillery's temporary closure. This is a heavily sherried style and has been bottled at cask...  More info
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The fifth batch of Glendronach's 1978s vintage, aged for 32 years in Oloroso sherry puncheon 1067 before bottling in 2011. There are just 419 bottles of this stuff, and Jim Murray awarded it a...  More info
A tasty 19 year old, cask-strength Glendronach, distilled in 1993 and aged in an Oloroso sherry butt before bottling in 2012. This is the second UK-only release with just 673 bottles all told.  More info
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A really phenomenal Glendronach, distilled in 1993 and aged for 19 years in an Oloroso sherry but (cask 536) before bottling at natural cask strength. This is a release of just 596 bottles.  More info
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This 1990 vintage Glendronach was aged for a full 22 years in a beautiful Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry puncheon. Batch 6 was bottled at natural cask strength and there are just 539 bottles.  More info
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A 28 year old, 1989 vintage Glendronach, aged in a single cask (number 4885 - which happens to be a delicious Moscatel sherry barrel). There are just 286 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info
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A single cask Glendronach, aged for a whopping 33 years before bottling battling at natural cask strength. Batch six was distilled in 1978 and aged in cask 1068.  More info
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Batch 6 of the wondrous 41 year old 1971 vintage Glendronach. This was distilled on the 25th February and aged in a Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry puncheon (cask 1247) before bottling in June 2012. This...  More info
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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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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
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