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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 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 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 15 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This is a fifteen year old Glendronach and people who like their Glendronach will probably agree that fifteen years tends to be a very good age for Glendronach and this bottling from Douglas Laing is…  More info

GlenDronach 15 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1991 Olorosso Sherry Finish

70cl, 55.4%

This is a single cask Glendronach, matured in an Oloroso sherry butt, and very nice it is too.  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1991 Olorosso Sherry Finish

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1989 - PX Sherry Puncheon

70cl, 53.5%

A beautiful Glendronach, distilled in 1989 and aged in a first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon for 20 years before bottling in 2010! Lovely stuff, and unusual too to see a PX cask used for an…  More info

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1989 - PX Sherry Puncheon

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%

Launched in 2011, this is a 15 year old Glendronach finished in tawny port casks. The result of this is additional rich, fruity flavours, particularly red berries, and add 46% the whisky retains tons…  More info

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)
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The GlenDronach 14 Year Old - Sauternes Finish

70cl, 46%

Glendronach finished in premier cru Sauternes casks, released in 2010.  More info

The GlenDronach 14 Year Old - Sauternes Finish

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old - Moscatel Finish

70cl, 46%

Glendronach finished in Moscatel wine casks.  More info

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old - Moscatel Finish

The GlenDronach 31 Year Old - Grandeur

70cl, 45.8%

Beautifully packaged and hand numbered, the Glendronach Grandeur has been aged in oloroso sherry casks for over thirty years in Glendronach's dunnage warehouses.  More info

The GlenDronach 31 Year Old - Grandeur

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (Old Bottling)

70cl, 46%

This 15 year old Glendronach marks the release of whisky under new distillery ownership. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks, this was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2009 Malt Maniacs Awards. This…  More info

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival (Old Bottling)
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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 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 543)

70cl, 54.6%

Released as part of the fourteenth batch of single cask bottlings of GlenDronach, this 20 year old single malt boasts oodles of the well-Sherried deliciousness that the distillery is known for. It…  More info

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 543)

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 339)

70cl, 53%

21 year old GlenDronach, drawn from a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon. Said puncheon cask was filled in December 1994 and cracked open in September 2016, with the whisky bottled for their…  More info

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 339)

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 42)

70cl, 58.6%

This 23 year old GlenDronach was released as part of their fourteenth batch of single cask bottlings (which are always very popular). It was matured in an Oloroso Sherry butt from January 1993 to…  More info

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 42)

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 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 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish

70cl, 46%

A 14 year old GlenDronach single malt, finished in casks which previously held Marsala wine. The distillery in the Highlands also has an 18 year old expression finished in Marsala wine casks too,…  More info

GlenDronach 14 Year Old Marsala Cask Finish

The GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Finish

70cl, 46%

Interestingly, this GlenDronach single malt was matured in European oak before a finishing period spent in fresh virgin oak casks.  More info

The GlenDronach 14 Year Old Virgin Oak Finish
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GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 564)

70cl, 58.9%

23 year old GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Oloroso Sherry butt from March 1993 to October 2016. Following its maturation, it was bottled at cask strength and released as at…  More info

GlenDronach 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 564)
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GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 3248)

70cl, 51.8%

A single cask GlenDronach, aged for 21 years in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheon. It was distilled in July 1995 and bottled in October 2016 with an outturn of 531 bottles. This is a UK exclusive…  More info

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1995 (cask 3248)

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 43)

70cl, 52.1%

This UK Exclusive bottling of 24 year old GlenDronach was drawn from a single Oloroso Sherry butt, which was filled in May 1992 and cracked open in November 2016. 644 bottles were produced.  More info

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 43)

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 8

70cl, 50.3%

Gaze upon Grandeur - yes, it's the 8th batch of GlenDronach's Grandeur single malt, aged for 25 years in Oloroso Sherry casks. 1,505 bottles were produced.  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 8

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 4

70cl, 54.7%

GlenDronach's fourth batch of their Cask Strength series was unveiled in April 2014, with a release comprising of 17,806 bottles presented at 54.7% ABV. This is comprised of whisky drawn from Pedro…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 4
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GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 43)

70cl, 59.2%

Release as part of GlenDronach's 15th batch of single cask bottlings, this is a 24 year old single malt aged in one Sherry butt from January 1993 to May 2017. 588 bottles were produced, presented at…  More info

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 43)

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 3379)

70cl, 51.6%

2017 saw the release of GlenDronach's 15th batch of single cask bottlings! This bottling from the aforementioned batch is a 22 year old single malt matured in a Pedro Ximenéz Sherry puncheon from…  More info

GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 3379)

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