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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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