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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.

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8

70cl, 61%

This wonderfully sherried Highlander is the eighth batch of the Cask Strength series from the GlenDronach Distillery! It's been matured in Spanish oak Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, before…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8
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$65.50

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice

70cl, 46%

The GlenDronach 18 year old Allardice is named after the distillery’s founder, James Allardice. The Highlander was matured completely in Oloroso sherry casks, and was originally released in 2009…  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice
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$109.02

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament

70cl, 48%

A 21 year old Glendronach released in 2011, and aged in a mix of sherry casks (Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry). The result is really very good indeed. Interestingly enough, this…  More info

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old - Parliament
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$138.32

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'

70cl, 46%

Unveiled in mid-2015, GlenDronach's The Hielan' is a rather handsome entry level 8 year old single malt from the Highland distillery's range, matured and married in bourbon and Sherry casks.…  More info

The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan'
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$38.24

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

If sherried single malt is very much your thing, then GlenDronach is a name you should get to know very well. The distillery resides in the Highlands, busily working away on some incredible…  More info

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old
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$42.61

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)

70cl, 51.8%

Distilled in 1992 and aged in a single Pedro Ximénez puncheon for 26 years (over a quarter of a century!), this GlenDronach was finally bottled in 2018 at 51.8% ABV, with an outturn of over 680…  More info

The GlenDronach 26 Year 1992 (cask 8316)
$468.20

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition

70cl, 48.2%

Ah, the GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition. The release of a GlenDronach with that age statement is exciting enough, to be honest. But, my savvy reader, you probably noticed that this…  More info

The GlenDronach 25 Year Old 1991 Kingsman Edition
$1,243.31

GlenDronach 33 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 33 year old from the Glendronach distillery, matured in Oloroso sherry casks. This comes Whisky Mag Recommended. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

GlenDronach 33 Year Old
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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
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$59.25

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7

70cl, 57.9%

It's the seventh batch of GlenDronach Cask Strength, and it's received a redesign since the previous batch! Drawn from a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this stuff is full-on…  More info

The GlenDronach Cask Strength - Batch 7
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$59.25

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 9

70cl, 48.7%

The ninth batch of GlenDronach's Grandeur series is a 24 year old single malt from the brilliant Highland distillery, drawn from sherry casks personally selected by master blender Rachel Barrie and…  More info

The GlenDronach 24 Year Old - Grandeur Batch 9
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$468.20

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7003)

70cl, 55.3%

One of three 27 year old whiskies from GlenDronach's 16th batch of single cask bottlings. This one was distilled in March 1990 and aged in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon until 2017, when it was…  More info

The GlenDronach 27 Year Old 1990 (cask 7003)
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$280.92

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 401)

70cl, 52.4%

A single cask bottling of GlenDronach single malt, bottled as a joint effort between La Maison du Whisky and Belgian bottler, The Nectar. This was aged in a single sherry butt for 24 years, from…  More info

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1993 (cask 401)
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$218.22

The GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 1376)

70cl, 53.2%

A UK exclusive bottling of 22 year old single malt from the GlenDronach distillery. This was drawn from a single Pedro Ximenéz cask that was filled in November 1994 and cracked open in November 2016,…  More info

The GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1994 (cask 1376)
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$218.49

The Glendronach Cask Strength - Batch 5

70cl, 55.3%

A fifth batch of cask strength GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks and then bottled without chill filtration. Check out the most recent batch of…  More info

The Glendronach Cask Strength - Batch 5
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$63.10

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
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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 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 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3047)

70cl, 48.6%

Aged for 20 years in a single Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon and bottled in January 2016 as part of BenRiach Distilling Co.'s 13th release of single cask whiskies.  More info

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 3047)
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GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2361)

70cl, 53.1%

Matured in a single Oloroso Sherry Butt from 25th October 1991 until January 2016 with an outturn of 683 bottles. Great stuff.  More info

GlenDronach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2361)
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GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 3274)

70cl, 53.1%

Filled into a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon on 9th September 1994, this single cask GlenDronach was bottled in January 2016 as part of their 13th batch of single cask releases. The outturn was 664…  More info

GlenDronach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 3274)
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$131.04

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 4943)

70cl, 56.9%

Another fantastic Sherried single cask bottling from GlenDronach. Quite rightly hugely popular with those in the know. 663 bottles emerged from the single Oloroso puncheon in September 2015 after…  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 4943)
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GlenDronach 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

70cl, 46%

GlenDronach introduced this 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky finished in Madeira wine casks in the latter half of 2015. It was initially matured in European oak casks before being transferred…  More info

GlenDronach 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish
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GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 2822)

70cl, 54.8%

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the GlenDronach distillery, matured in a Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask from November 1994 to November 2014. It was selected and bottled exclusively for the UK -…  More info

GlenDronach 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 2822)
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The GlenDronach 18 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)

70cl, 46%

Developing on the impressive 15 year old Tawny Port cask-finished single malt, the Glendronach distillery now have an 18 year old expresssion too. Once again, it has been initially matured in…  More info

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old (Tawny Port Cask Finish)
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