About Glen Ord Whisky Distillery
5 000 000 litres
Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire
Thomas Mackenzie founds the distillery and licenses it to Ord Distillery Co. (Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan).
Robert Johnstone, by now single owner of Ord Distillery Co., becomes bankrupt and the distillery is put up for sale.
Alexander MacLennan and Thomas McGregor buy the distillery.
Alexander MacLennan dies and the distillery is taken over by his widow who even-tually marries the banker Alexander Mackenzie.
Alexander Mackenzie leases the distillery.
Alexander Mackenzie builds a new still house and barely manages to start production before a fire destroys it.
Mackenzie registers the name Glenoran to be used for whisky from Glen Ord.
Alexander Mackenzie dies and the distillery is sold to the blending company James Watson & Co. for £15,800.
John Jabez Watson, James Watson’s son and the only remaining family member, dies and the distillery is sold to John Dewar & Sons. The name is changed from Glen Oran to Glen Ord.
Dewar’s joins Distillers Company Limited.
Glen Ord is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
Substantial renovation takes place; floor maltings is abandoned in favour of Saladin box.
The two stills are increased to six.
To augment the Saladin box a drum maltings is built.
Malting in the Saladin box ceases.
A visitor centre is opened.
A 12 year old is launched.
A limited-edition cask strength, 28 years, is launched.
A 25 year old is launched.
A 30 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo.
A 12 year old Singleton of Glen Ord is launched.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde