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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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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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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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This is a single cask Glendronach, matured in an Oloroso sherry butt, and very nice it is too.  More info
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A beautiful Glendronach, distilled in 1989 and aged in a first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon for 20 years before bottling in 2010! Lovely stuff, and unusual too to see a PX cask used for an...  More info
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The very first batch of Glendronach's Cask Strength, this is a no-age-statement malt aged in both Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez casks before bottling at natural cask strength. Intense and full of...  More info
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Cask 101 but not one for Room 101 that's for sure. This one's a keeper - an Oloroso Sherry butt matured 19 year old Glendronach distilled in 1994. 628 glorious bottles were produced at natural cask...  More info
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Glendronach finished in American virgin oak casks.  More info
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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
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A stunning 20 year old single cask from Glendronach. 633 bottles were produced at cask strength from this Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask. The distillery was purchased by BenRiach in 2008.  More info
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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
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A 21 year old Glendronach matured in a single Oloroso Sherry butt. 598 bottles of sherried magic were bottled in 2013 at full cask strength!  More info
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A 22 year old Glendronach taken from a single Sherry cask that yielded 604 bottles at natural cask strength. A fantastic whisky from a distillery renowned for their top quality, Sherry matured...  More info
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A 21 year old single cask Glendronach distilled in November 1991. Matured for 21 years in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask and bottled in June 2013, this is a top class sherried Speysider.  More info
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A UK exclusive from GlenDronach! They sure do spoil us, and we properly love it. This one is a single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1994 and aged in cask 67, which happened to be an...  More info
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20 year old single cask single malt Scotch whisky drawn from cask 5 (that's right, cask 5!) from GlenDronach. Batch 9 has produced some lovely expressions, and this Oloroso aged whisky sure is sure of...  More info
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