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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.

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1375) - Batch 12

70cl, 51.6%

This is a 25 year old GlenDronach, released as part of their 12th batch of single cask bottlings. The whisky was placed into cask #1375, a Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon, in August 1990 and eventually…  More info

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1375) - Batch 12

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 52)

70cl, 58.5%

A single cask GlenDronach, aged for quarter of a century in a Sherry butt - from May 1992 to May 2017. This was bottled for their 15th batch of single cask releases, with 554 bottles produced.  More info

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 52)

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 89)

70cl, 57%

25 year old single malt from the GlenDronach distillery, aged in a single Sherry butt from May 1992 to May 2017, before being bottled at cask strength with an outturn of 595 bottles. This was…  More info

GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 89)

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 2662)

70cl, 54.8%

The second old whisky in the fourteenth batch of single cask bottlings from GlenDronach. This is a 26 year old single malt, distilled in December 1989 and matured in an Oloroso Sherry butt until…  More info

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 2662)

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 2973)

70cl, 50.8%

A rather indulgent GlenDronach single malt, aged for 26 years in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon. It was distilled in June 1990 and bottled in September 2016 as part of their fourteenth batch…  More info

GlenDronach 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 2973)

GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1985 (cask 1035) - Batch 9

70cl, 53.7%

From batch number nine (number nine, number nine, number nine...) of GlenDronach's very popular single cask bottlings comes a 27 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1985,…  More info

GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1985 (cask 1035) -  Batch 9

GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7005)

70cl, 53.4%

The oldest release from GlenDronach's 15th batch of single cask bottlings - a 27 year old single malt aged in a Pedro Ximenéz Sherry puncheon! This was distilled in April 1990 and bottled at cask…  More info

GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7005)

GlenDronach 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 1037)

70cl, 52.3%

This is the oldest release in the fourteenth batch of single cask bottlings from GlenDronach - a 30 year old single malt which was matured in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon. It was distilled…  More info

GlenDronach 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 1037)
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GlenDronach 32 Year Old 1978 Batch 5

70cl, 53.3%

The fifth batch of Glendronach's 1978s vintage, aged for 32 years in Oloroso sherry puncheon 1067 before bottling in 2011. There are just 419 bottles of this stuff, and Jim Murray awarded it a…  More info

GlenDronach 32 Year Old 1978 Batch 5

GlenDronach 33 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 33 year old from the Glendronach distillery, matured in Oloroso sherry casks. This comes Whisky Mag Recommended.  More info

GlenDronach 33 Year Old
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GlenDronach 33 Year Old 1978 Batch 6

70cl, 52.9%

A single cask Glendronach, aged for a whopping 33 years before bottling battling at natural cask strength. Batch six was distilled in 1978 and aged in cask 1068.  More info

GlenDronach 33 Year Old 1978 Batch 6

GlenDronach 40 Year Old 1972 - Batch 7

70cl, 49%

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

GlenDronach 40 Year Old 1972  - Batch 7

GlenDronach 41 Year Old 1971 Batch 6

70cl, 47.9%

Batch 6 of the wondrous 41 year old 1971 vintage Glendronach. This was distilled on the 25th February and aged in a Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry puncheon (cask 1247) before bottling in June 2012.…  More info

GlenDronach 41 Year Old 1971 Batch 6

GlenDronach 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 702) - Batch 9

70cl, 51.7%

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

GlenDronach 41 Year Old 1972 (cask 702) - Batch 9

GlenDronach 42 Year Old 1971 (cask 1246) - Batch 8

70cl, 44.6%

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

GlenDronach 42 Year Old 1971 (cask 1246) - Batch 8
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GlenDronach 43 Year Old 1971 (cask 2920) - Batch 11

70cl, 48.6%

The oldest release in the 11th batch of GlenDronach single cask bottlings is this incredibly impressive 43 year old dram, which was distilled in February 1971. It was left to age in Pedro Ximénez…  More info

GlenDronach 43 Year Old 1971 (cask 2920) - Batch 11

GlenDronach 43 Year Old 1972 (cask 706) - Batch 12

70cl, 51.1%

The oldest bottling in the 12th batch of single cask releases from the excellent GlenDronach distillery in the Highlands is this 43 year old single malt. It was matured in a single Pedro Ximénez…  More info

GlenDronach 43 Year Old 1972 (cask 706) - Batch 12

GlenDronach 47 Year Old 1968 (cask 5837)

70cl, 45.9%

The first time that a 1968 GlenDronach has made up part of these releases (the oldest vintage held by the distillery, possibly the oldest in existence). Matured in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry…  More info

GlenDronach 47 Year Old 1968 (cask 5837)

GlenDronach 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%

This is a rare 1970s bottling of 8 year old GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky, produced back when the distillery was owned by Teacher & Sons. The bottles look mightily different to how…  More info

GlenDronach 8 Year Old - 1970s

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
$58.97

The GlenDronach 11 Year Old 2006 (cask 1979)

70cl, 57.2%

This is an 11 year old single malt from the GlenDronach distillery, bottled as part of their 16th batch of single cask releases. It was aged in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon from January 2006 to…  More info

The GlenDronach 11 Year Old 2006 (cask 1979)
$79.68

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

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 35%

This is a very rare bottle from the GlenDronach distillery. It's a 12 year old single malt produced in the 1970s, back when the company was owned by W.M. Teacher & Sons (these days it's owned by…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old - 1970s

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 1451)

70cl, 56.1%

Released as part of GlenDronach's 16th batch of single cask bottlings, this 12 year old single malt was aged in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon from December 2005 to 2017, and bottled with an outturn…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 1451)
$84.85

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 6769) (No Box)

70cl, 60.9%

The youngest whisky bottled as part of the 17th batch of GlenDronach single cask released is this handsomely well-sherried 12 year old expression. It was distilled in January 2007 and aged in a Pedro…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 6769) (No Box)
$98.37

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