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Glentauchers

The Glentauchers whisky distillery was founded in 1897 by W P Lowrie, a Glasgow-based whisky trader, and James Buchanan, a renowned blender. Five years later, Lowrie experienced financial hardship and James Buchanan subsequently bought him out. The distillery was built at Tauchers Farm, four miles west of the town of Keith. The location was chosen for its proximity to a rail line and main road. Indeed, the Glentauchers distillery boasts its own railway siding.

The distillery was designed by a Keith-based architect, John Alcock, and the construction was directed by the famed Charles Doig, an Elgin-based architect who was instrumental in the design of many Scotch distilleries. James Buchanan merged with Dewars in 1915 and during the 1920s the distillery went through considerable renovations. This included the rebuilding of the mash house and floor maltings. The newly formed Buchanan-Dewars merged with Distillers Company Limited in 1925 and five years later the distillery was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers. During the 1960s, further stills were installed, bringing the total capacity to 3.4 million litres per annum.

In 1985, the distillery was closed down. It was four years later that Caledonian Malt Whisky Distillers, a subsidiary of Allied, acquired the distillery and in August of 1992 spirit flowed from the stills once more. Glentauchers is at present under the watchful eye of Chivas Brothers, following the acquisition of Allied. Recently there have been substantial investments to refurbish the buildings and equipment. The spirit is filled onsite into bourbon casks. The distillery even boasts its own warehousing facilities with space for 6,000 casks. The remainder of the new make spirit is transported to the Chivas central warehouse for maturation. The Scotch whisky from Glentauchers has long since been associated with blends; it is a large component of Ballantines, Teachers and Chivas Regal.

Glentauchers Whisky Distillery

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About Glentauchers Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01542 860272

Distillery Founded

1897

Distillery Capacity

3 400 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Glentauchers, Keith, Banffshire AB55 6YL

1897

James Buchanan and W. P. Lowrie, a whisky merchant from Glasgow, found the distillery. A company named Glentauchers Distillery Co. is also formed at the same time.

1898

Production starts.

1902

Buchanan offers to buy out Lowrie who is in financial difficulties.

1906

James Buchanan & Co. takes over the whole distillery and acquires an 80% share in W. P. Lowrie & Co.

1915

James Buchanan & Co. merges with Dewars.

1923

– Mashing house and maltings are rebuilt.

1925

Buchanan-Dewars joins Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

Glentauchers is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1965

The number of stills is increased from two to six.

1969

Floor maltings is decommissioned.

1985

DCL mothballs the distillery.

1989

United Distillers (formerly DCL) sells the distillery to Caledonian Malt Whisky Distillers,

1992

Production recommences in August.

2000

A 15 year old Glentauchers is released.

2005

Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) become new owners through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.

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Duncan Taylor bottled this 21 year old Glentauchers for their Dimensions range, which has more dimensions than a 3D video game character falling through multiple parallel universes while wearing 3D...  More info
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Named after the classic sweetie, this 1992 whisky from Glentauchers distillery, with notes of anise, has been named 'Liquorice Spiral'. 339 bottles have been produced from a single hogshead courtesy...  More info
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This eleven year old Glentauchers was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample...  More info
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A Glentauchers bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. Often used in blends this is a chance to sample the distillery's single malt.  More info
Glentauchers is known to be a key ingredient in the Ballantine’s and Teacher’s blends, but this is an interesting single malt that deserves more exposure.  More info
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Distilled in 1996 at Glentauchers, this was aged for 15 years before bottling for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range in 2011.  More info
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A 16 year old matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, distilled in 1991 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A 16 year old Glentauchers bottled by Signatory on January 2 2012 as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in bourbon cask number 1387, this is a fine, fresh tasting whisky with plenty to...  More info
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18 year old Glentauchers, drawn from two bourbon barrels by Càrn Mòr for their splendid Strictly Limited range. Only 443 bottles of this delicious single malt Scotch whisky were produced.  More info
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This Glentauchers was distilled in 1981, and was aged for a full thirty years in refill butt number 1049. A release of 437 single cask, cask strength bottles from Signatory.  More info
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