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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 heat 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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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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Batch 6 of the Grandeur series from GlenDronach lives up to its name, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky which has matured to a grand old age of 24. The whisky presented...  More info
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Developing on the impressive 15 year old Tawny Port cask-finished single malt, the Glendronach distillery now have an 18 year old expresssion too. Once again, it has been initially matured in European...  More info
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A UK exclusive single cask bottling of GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in Oloroso Sherry puncheon #4887. It was distilled in June 1995 and bottled 19 years later in September 2014. Just...  More info
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The Glendronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Cask Finish single malt is initially matured in European oak before being moved over to casks which previous held the sweet wine. The result is elegant and...  More info
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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
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A 33 year old from the Glendronach distillery, matured in Oloroso sherry casks. This comes Whisky Mag Recommended.  More info
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At an incredible 42 years old, this was one of the oldest casks Glendronach had maturing. Distilled back in 1971 and bottled in 2013, 432 bottles were produced from this single Pedro Ximénez Sherry...  More info
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A UK release from the fine folks at Glendronach of single cask tastiness. Distilled in September 1990, this single malt whisky has matured in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon for 23 years before being...  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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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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The second batch of Glendronach Cask Strength, aged in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks and bottled without an age statement. This is a truly delicious sherried Speyside single malt.  More info
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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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Selected and bottled exclusively for the UK, this is a 19 year old GlenDronach single malt, matured in a single Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon (#3250). The Highlands whisky was distilled in July 1995...  More info
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Glendronach finished in premier cru Sauternes casks, released in 2010.  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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Single cask GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky, specially selected and bottled exclusively for the UK - how nice of the GlenDronach chaps! This Sherry monster was distilled in December 1993 and...  More info
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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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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
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