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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

GlenDronach Distillery History 

The distillery is set among the gentle rolling countryside of the Forgue Valley in Aberdeenshire’s ‘castle country’. Here illicit distilling had taken place for many years prior to 1826. The 5th Duke of Gordon persuaded the London government that fair licensing was the best way to beat whisky smuggling. The 1823 Excise Act was a direct result of his rational approach to the problem.


James Allardice. and a consortium of farmers and businessmen founded the distillery in 1826. Walter Scott acquired and enlarged the distillery in 1881. During 1920 Captain Charles Grant, son of William Grant the founder of Glenfiddich distillery, bought GlenDronach remaining in the Grant family until it was sold to William Teachers & Sons Ltd in 1960.


In 1966 the number of stills was increased from 2 to 4


1976 William Teachers & Sons Ltd joins Allied Breweries now known as Allied Distillers Ltd. The malt whisky produced is still an important part of Teacher's blended whiskies


New Owners For The GlenDronach

On Wednesday 27th August 2008 The BenRiach Distillery Company completed the acquisition of GlenDronach Distillery from Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard


The Dronac burn flows through the grounds the water source is a spring east of the distillery.


At GlenDronach all of the supporting preparation for distilling continues to be carried out using traditional methods. The distillery has its own floor maltings and malt-kiln providing about 15% of the malt needed. Some of the barley is grown on the company’s own farms located in the countryside around the distillery


The Fermentation wash backs are still made of wood; naked flames from coal fires heat the ball necked stills..


The earth floors in the original stone dunnage maturation warehouses retain moisture, absorbed from the excess moisture in the air during wet weather then releasing the moisture during extended hot spells in summertime. Keeping the atmosphere in the maturation warehouses damp and cool


Today there are perhaps only 2 distilleries that can truly be classified as ‘sherry maturation’ houses and only one The GlenDronach distillery where 100% of the single malt sold still enjoys its primary maturation exclusively in sherry casks.


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings

12 Year Old Original

15 Year Old Revival

18 Year Old Allardice

21 Year Old  Parilament

24 Year Old ‘Grandeur’,

31 Year Old ‘Grandeur’,

33 Year Old

Cask Strength, Batch 3 at 54.9%


Wood finishes

14 Year Old Sauternes Finish

14 Year Old Virgin Oak Finish

15 Year Old Moscatel Finish

15 Year Old Tawny Port Finish


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Discontinued Distillery Bottlings Present owners 

Original 12 Year Old - matured in sherry casks

Original 12 Year Old - Doubled matured

20 Year Old Tawny Port Finish

1797 Founders Reserve

1968 Recherché

Single Cask  Batch One -Casks from 1971, 1972,1992, 1993, 1996

Single Cask  Batch Two -Casks from 1971, 1972, 1978, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993.

Single Cask Batch Three -Casks From 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996.

Single Cask Batch Four -Casks From 1971, 1972, 1989,1990, 1992, 1994.

Single Cask Batch Five -Casks From 1972, 1978, 1989, 14991, 1993

Single Cask Batch Six  -Casks From 1971, 1978, 1989, 1990, 1993.

Single Cask Batch Seven -Casks From 1972, 1978, 1991, 1992, 1994

Single Cask Batch Eight-Casks From 1971, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1992 , 1993 1994, 1996, 2002.

Single Cask Batch Nine -Casks From 1972, 195, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. 1995.

Cask Strength Batch 1 at 54.8%,  Batch 2 at 55.2%,


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings Previous Owners

12 year old

15 Year Old - 100% matured in sherry casks

18 Year Old

The GlenDronach 1968


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings 


Duncan Taylor Collection

Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor).


GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

12 year old Tasting note

This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy dram

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep amber-red gold.


Nose: Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Spiced mulled wine and pear.


Palate: Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.


Conclusions: Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.

Glendronach Distillery, Forgue,


AB54 6DA

Tel: +44 (0)1466 730202


Please Contact the distillery to confirm before travelling


Glendronach Distillery Visitor Centre Information

Contact +44 (0)1466 730245

GlenDronach Scotch Whisky Distillery Style

Tasting Notes Review

The 100% sherry cask

Nose: Furniture polish, dried fruits, toffee and fudge.


Palate: A deep rich smooth body, sweet fruit cake flavours, toffee and malty.


Finish: Dry, Bitter chocolate.

GlenDronach Tasting Notes GlenDronach Tasting Notes

Founded in 1826 by James Allardes

Location Speyside region Devron district East of Huntly

Water source Local springs


GlenDronach  Distilling Equipment

Copper domed cast iron mash tun.

9 Traditional Oregon pine washbacks.

4 Squat copper pot stills

Matured in Spanish sherry casks, American oak bourbon Hogsheads.

In traditional dunnage warehouses