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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. 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.

In 2009, the new owners announced a total investment of £7 million in the GlenDronach distillery. In the same year, the whole old core range of 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old whiskies was relaunched, while a new visitors centre was also opened in 2010. A peated expression was introduced in 2015, showcasing GlenDronach’s innovative streak.

However, in 2016 GlenDronach was purchased by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey producer Brown-Forman along with its acquisition of the rest of the BenRiach Distillery Company, for the price of £285 million.

The GlenDronach distillery uses six warehouses, three traditional dunnage which are no more than three barrels high, and three racked. GlenDronach produces around 1.4 million litres of whisky per annum, which compared to some Scotch distilleries is fairly small game, although this is by no means a downfall of the distillery.

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

70cl, 46%

The GlenDronach 18 year old Allardice is named after the distillery’s founder, James Allardice. The Highlander was matured completely in Oloroso sherry casks, and was originally released in 2009…  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice
56
$106.61

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

70cl, 48%

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…  More info

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament
58
$143.52

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

If sherried single malt is very much your thing, then GlenDronach is a name you should get to know very well. The distillery resides in the Highlands, busily working away on some incredible…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
74
$44.21
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The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Gift Pack with Walker Slater Hip Flask

70cl, 43%

A wonderful gift set from GlenDronach, featuring a bottle of GlenDronach 12 Year Old along with a rather lovely hip flask from world renowned tweed maker Walker Slater. You know what they say, the…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old Gift Pack with Walker Slater Hip Flask
$46.36

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 - Master Vintage

70cl, 48.2%

A rather stunning well-sherried single malt from GlenDronach. Distilled in 1993, the whisky was laid to rest in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. Twenty-five glorious GlenDronach years passed,…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 - Master Vintage
2
$269.87

GlenDronach Peated

70cl, 46%

GlenDronach have introduced their first ever peated expression to their range! This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks before being transferred over to Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach Peated
5
$43.07

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival

70cl, 46%

The Revival has been revived! The GlenDronach's 15 Year Old Revival was a much-loved expression, though was sadly discontinued in 2015 by the distillery, citing lack of maturing stocks. However,…  More info

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival
20
$66.88

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8

70cl, 61%

This wonderfully sherried Highlander is the eighth batch of the Cask Strength series from the GlenDronach Distillery! It's been matured in Spanish oak Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, before…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8
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$67.96

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 10

70cl, 50.1%

This is the 10th expression in the limited edition Grandeur range from The GlenDronach. It's a 27 year old single malt that was matured in a combination of ex-Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry…  More info

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 10
$485.72

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%

A 1990s bottling of 15 year old GlenDronach, which was been matured exclusively in sherry casks. The expression was the flagship whisky for GlenDronach in the 1990s. It was later revived by the 15…  More info

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old - 1990s

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 5976)

70cl, 55.6%

This handsome rascal is a 25 year old single malt from GlenDronach, released as part of the distillery's 17th batch of single cask releases. It was distilled back in May 1993 and aged in a single…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 5976)
$297.94

The GlenDronach 28 Year Old 1990 (cask 7905)

70cl, 51.7%

Well-sherried single malt from GlenDronach, released as part of the distillery's 17th batch of single cask bottlings. This one is the oldest release in batch 17, matured in a Pedro Ximénez puncheon…  More info

The GlenDronach 28 Year Old 1990 (cask 7905)
$401.57

The GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 (cask 847)

70cl, 59.8%

A 1992 vintage GlenDronach single malt, releaed as part of the distillery's 17th batch of single casks! This one was distilled in October 1992 and left to age in an Oloroso sherry butt for 26 years…  More info

The GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 (cask 847)
$329.25

The GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 (cask 221)

70cl, 56.6%

Another excellent batch of GlenDronach single casks have arrived! This release from batch 17 is a 26 year old expression, matured in a single Oloroso sherry butt from June 1992 to 2019. Just a small…  More info

The GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1992 (cask 221)
$329.25

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1994 (cask 325)

70cl, 51.9%

Back in December 1994, this GlenDronach whisky was distilled and left to rest in a single Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon. 24 years late, in 1993, the cask was cracked open and the whisky was bottled…  More info

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1994 (cask 325)
$253.68

The GlenDronach 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 887)

70cl, 55.1%

One of seven bottlings in GlenDronach's 17th batch of single cask releases - this one was distilled back in November 2005 and matured in an Oloroso sherry puncheon for 13 years, then bottled in 2019…  More info

The GlenDronach 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 887)
$113.35

The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood

70cl, 46%

Following on from its Peated Port Wood Finish, GlenDronach have released another sumptuous single malt that has enjoyed a rest in Port casks. This particular expression is a 10 year old whisky,…  More info

The GlenDronach 10 Year Old Port Wood
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$61.48

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition

70cl, 48.2%

Ah, the GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition. The release of a GlenDronach with that age statement is exciting enough, to be honest. But, my savvy reader, you probably noticed that this…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7

70cl, 57.9%

It's the seventh batch of GlenDronach Cask Strength, and it's received a redesign since the previous batch! Drawn from a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this stuff is full-on…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7
3
$61.48

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish

70cl, 46%

Following up its first peated single malt Scotch, GlenDronach Peated Whisky, GlenDronach have now created this delightful peated malt, which was finished in Douro Valley port pipes. Bottled…  More info

The GlenDronach Peated Port Wood Finish
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The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'

70cl, 46%

Unveiled in mid-2015, GlenDronach's The Hielan' is a rather handsome entry level 8 year old single malt from the Highland distillery's range, matured and married in bourbon and Sherry casks.…  More info

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'
5
$39.68

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)

70cl, 51.8%

Distilled in 1992 and aged in a single Pedro Ximénez puncheon for 26 years (over a quarter of a century!), this GlenDronach was finally bottled in 2018 at 51.8% ABV, with an outturn of over 680…  More info

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)
$485.78

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A cracking old bottling of Glendronach's single malt. Named Glendronach 'Original' 12 Year Old, this appears to have been bottled during the 1980s. This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

The GlenDronach 12  Year Old - 1980s

GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask - 1980s

75cl, 40%

The 12yo expression of Glendronach is increasingly well-regarded by experts and like its 15yo older brother, this is a complex and involving whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

GlenDronach 12 Year Old Sherry Cask - 1980s

GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 (Kinko)

70cl, 55.3%

A 1994 Glendronach, aged in a first fill sherry hogshead until 2012, when it was bottled at 55.3% ABV at the age of 18 years old by Japanese indie bottler Kinko. A limited release of 234…  More info

GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 (Kinko)

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