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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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Aged in Oloroso Butt number 710 for a full 40 years, this is truly brilliant stuff from the Glendronach distillery. It was distilled in 1972 and was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012.  More info
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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This single cask Glendronach spent a 20 year maturation in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (cask 3183), before being bottled in 2012.  More info
A glorious 1992 vintage Glendronach with a rich, dark, sherried colour, this was aged in a sherry cask (Oloroso butt number 1123) for 19 years before bottling at natural cask strength.  More info
A beautiful single cask Glendronach from the distillery's impressive official range, this was distilled in 1994 before an 18 year maturation in Oloroso Sherry Butt number 98 (thus the dark hue)...  More info
A 33 year old from the Glendronach distillery, matured in Oloroso sherry casks. This comes Whisky Mag Recommended.  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 Highland single malt.  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 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
$166.65
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 Highlands whisky.  More info
$155.55
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
$159.72
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
$145.64
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
$139.06
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
$121.12
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
$80.78
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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$151.42
The oldest whisky in batch 9 of GlenDronach's single cask bottlings, this 41 year old(!) single malt Scotch whisky was aged in Oloroso sherry butt number 702 and bottled at 51.7% abv. Just 448 were...  More info
$846.92
The single cask bottlings series by GlenDronach has reached its 9th batch and the distillery is still going strong. This 23 year old expression comes from Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon number 5470. It...  More info
A bottling of GlenDronach 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from cask 1243, a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. 679 bottles were produced as part of batch 9 of the distillery's single cask...  More info
Batch 9 of GlenDronach's single cask bottlings has yielded a whole host of honourable expressions, including this 21 year old single malt, distilled in 1991 and matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry...  More info
$155.60
This GlenDronach single malt matured for 21 long years in an Oloroso sherry cask, from 1992 to 2013, before it was bottled as part of batch 9 of the distillery's single cask bottlings series with an...  More info
$160.59
Batch 9 of GlenDronach's very popular single cask bottlings includes some real cracking expressions of crack open at special occasions. This 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky, for example, matured...  More info
$136.55
An 18 year old GlenDronach single malt, part of batch 9 from the single cask bottlings series. It spent "18 long years" in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon number 3302. We're unsure of the difference...  More info
$129.07
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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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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