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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 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

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 3

70cl, 54.9%

Following batch one and two, batch three of GlenDronach Cask Strength has a lot to live up to. Luckily, as De La Soul told us, three is a magic number, and batch 3 does not disappoint in the…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 3
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GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1240)

70cl, 50.8%

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

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1240)
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The GlenDronach 44 Year Old 1968 Recherché (cask 005)

70cl, 48.6%

Recherché is a very special release indeed with 1968 being the year that the oldest maturing casks in the GlenDronach warehouses were laid down. As this bottling's name suggests (recherché being the…  More info

The GlenDronach 44 Year Old 1968 Recherché (cask 005)

GlenDronach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 1988) - Batch 8

70cl, 55.6%

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

GlenDronach 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 1988) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1490) - Batch 8

70cl, 53.1%

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

GlenDronach 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 1490) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 101) - Batch 8

70cl, 58.4%

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

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1994 (cask 101) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 3) - Batch 8

70cl, 52.9%

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

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1993 (cask 3) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 145) - Batch 8

70cl, 58.1%

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

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 145) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 5409) - Batch 8

70cl, 49.8%

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

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 5409) - Batch 8

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2971) - Batch 8

70cl, 50.8%

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

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2971) - Batch 8

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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The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 2

70cl, 55.2%

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. Check…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 2
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GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 - Batch 7

70cl, 58.2%

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

GlenDronach 18 Year Old 1994 - Batch 7

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1992 - Batch 7

70cl, 57.8%

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

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1992 - Batch 7

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 3183) - Batch 7

70cl, 51.3%

This single cask Glendronach spent a 20 year maturation in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon (cask 3183), before being bottled in 2012.  More info

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 3183) - Batch 7

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1989 - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 51.6%

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

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1989 - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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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

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 1

70cl, 54.8%

The very first batch of Glendronach's Cask Strength, this is a no-age-statement malt aged in both Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez casks before bottling at natural cask strength. Intense and full of…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 1
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GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1993

70cl, 57.1%

This is a single cask bottling of the Glendronach single malt from a cask filled in 1993 prior to the distillery's temporary closure. This is a heavily sherried style and has been bottled at cask…  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1993
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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 19 Year Old 1993

70cl, 54.2%

A tasty 19 year old, cask-strength Glendronach, distilled in 1993 and aged in an Oloroso sherry butt before bottling in 2012. This is the second UK-only release with just 673 bottles all told.  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1993

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1993 Batch 6

70cl, 59.4%

A really phenomenal Glendronach, distilled in 1993 and aged for 19 years in an Oloroso sherry but (cask 536) before bottling at natural cask strength. This is a release of just 596 bottles.  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1993 Batch 6

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1990 Batch 6

70cl, 55.1%

This 1990 vintage Glendronach was aged for a full 22 years in a beautiful Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry puncheon. Batch 6 was bottled at natural cask strength and there are just 539 bottles.  More info

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1990 Batch 6

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1989 Batch 6

70cl, 53.9%

A 28 year old, 1989 vintage Glendronach, aged in a single cask (number 4885 - which happens to be a delicious Moscatel sherry barrel). There are just 286 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1989 Batch 6

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