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Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwɪs.ki.faɪl / a disciplined devotion to whisky, first known use 2013.

GlenDronach

GlenDronach Distillery

Region: Highland, Scotland.

Founded: 1826

Status: Operational

Owner: BenRiach Distillery Company

Water source: Dronach Burn

Output:  1.3 million litres alcohol per annum

History:

Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district.[2] It is owned by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.

The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardes (referred to often as Allardice) as the second distillery to apply for a licence to legally produce whisky under the Excise Act of 1823,[3] which passed three years earlier and which allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland.[4] Other sources credit a consortium of farmers and businessmen for the foundation of the distillery though this could include Allardes. The Glendronach distillery was purchased by Teachers and Sons Ltd around 1960 who increased the number of stills from two to six. In 1996 the distillery was mothballed and reopened again in 2001[5] by Allied Distillers Limited. In 2006 the distillery passed into the hands of Chivas Brothers Ltd (part of the Pernod Ricard group) and in 2008 it was sold to the BenRiach Distillery Company. Other notable owners include Walter Scott, who acquired it in 1881 and Charles Grant, son of the founder of the Glenfiddich distillery, in 1920.

The distillery draws its water from the Dronac burn within the distillery grounds. It has its own floor maltings and two wash stills in addition to two spirit stills.

The distillery is protected as a category B listed building.[6]

GlenDronach Whisky Reviews:

  • GlenDronach 11 Years Old 2003 Cask-5691 ~ 54.4% (The Green Welly Stop 50th) - GlenDronach 11 Years Old 2003 Cask-5691 Highland single malt scotch whisky 54.4% ABV, £49.95 for 70cl available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop Score: 90/100 What they say: Distilled at the GlenDronach distillery 05/03/2003 and matured for 11 years in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon cask No. 5691 before being bottled 01/2015 at […]
  • Glendronach 12 Years Old Original GlenDronach 12 Year Old Original ~ 43% (BenRiach) - GlenDronach 12 Year Old Original (Official Bottling) 43% ABV, £30 for 70cl Score: 82/100 What they say: This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year […]
  • glendronach-13-year-old-2003-cask-4034-whisky GlenDronach 13 Year Old 2003 Cask 4034 ~ 52.5% (Benriach) - Whisky Review: GlenDronach 13 Year Old 2003 Cask 4034 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: GlenDronach Distillery Bottling: Benriach Distillery Company ABV: 52.5% Cost: £74.29 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: GlenDronach Batch 14 Single Cask Release 2003 cask # 4034 / 13 years old / PX Sherry Puncheon / 52.5% vol […]
  • glendronach-13-years-old-cask713-2003-gwse GlenDronach 13 Years Old 2003 Cask 713 ~ 56.5% (The Green Welly Stop) - Whisky Review: GlenDronach 13 Years Old 2003 Cask 713 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: GlenDronach Distillery Bottling: Exclusive for The Green Welly Stop ABV: 56.5% Cost: £62.00 from The Green Welly Stop What they say: Since our trilogy bottlings did so amazingly well we requested another cask from GlenDronach and they delivered with […]
  • glendronach-14-year-old-2002-cask-1504-whisky GlenDronach 14 Year Old 2002 Cask 1504 ~ 55.5% (Benriach) - Whisky Review: GlenDronach 14 Year Old 2002 Cask 1504 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: GlenDronach Distillery Bottling: Benriach Distillery Company ABV: 55.5% Cost: £81.16 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: 2002 cask # 1504 / 14 years old / PX Sherry Puncheon / 55.5% vol A single cask bottling of […]
  • Glendronach 15 Years Old Revival Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival ~ 46% (BenRiach) - Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival (Official Bottling) 46% ABV, £40-£45 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkable and full bodied malt is matured for a minimum of 15 years in the finest  Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, the GlenDronach Revival is non chill filtered and […]
  • Glendronach 18 Year old Allardice GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice ~46% (BenRiach) - GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice (Official Bottling) 46% ABV, £50-£70 Score: 88/100 What they say: The famous GlenDronach 18 year old, now renamed Allardice, is the third expression in the GlenDronach core range. This exceptional single sherried malt is non chill filtered and of natural colour. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled […]
  • GlenDronach 18 Years Old Marsala Cask Finish ~ 46% (BenRiach) - GlenDronach 18 Years Old Marsala Cask Finish Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £71.95 for 70cl from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 89/100 What they say: Glendronach released a new 18 years old Marsala cask finish (February 19th 2015) which owes its distinctive flavour to the influence of a small number of Marsala hogsheads. This […]
  • GlenDronach 20 Years Old 1993 Single Cask #33 ~59.1% (Abbey Whisky) - GlenDronach 20 Years Old 1993 Single Cask #33 (Abbey Whisky) 592 bottles @ 59.1% ABV, distilled 1993, bottled 2013 [20 Years Old], £89.95 for 70cl Score 90/100 What They say: We’ve always enjoyed a single cask GlenDronach, so when the opportunity arose to bottle our very own, we jumped at the chance. Distilled in 1993, this […]
  • Glendronach 23 Years Old 1990 – Authentic Collection ~ 53.9% (Cadenhead’s) - Glendronach 23 Years Old 1990 – Authentic Collection ~ 53.9% (Wm Cadenhead) 53.9% ABV, ~£80 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Single malt whisky from the Highlands of Scotland (Labelled as Speyside on the bottle). Distilled at Glendronach Distillery in 1990 and bottled at 23 years old in August 2013. This was from a […]
  • glendronach-24-year-old-1991-cask-2683-whisky GlenDronach 24 Years Old 1991 Cask 2683 ~ 49.2% (Benriach) - Whisky Review: GlenDronach 24 Years Old 1991 Cask 2683 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: GlenDronach Distillery Bottling: Benriach Distillery Company ABV: 49.2% Cost: £153.81 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: This is a single cask bottling of 24 year old GlenDronach, aged in an Oloroso Sherry butt from November 1991 […]
  • SMWS 96.8 Relaxing in an alpine meadow GlenDronach 9 Years Old 2006 96.8 Relaxing in an alpine meadow ~ 58.3% (SMWS) - Review: Glendronach 9 Years Old 2006 – 96.8 Relaxing in an alpine meadow Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: GlenDronach Distillery Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 96.8 ABV: 58.3% Cost: £44.20 from SMWS [sold out] Score: 85/100 What they say: 96.8 Relaxing in an Alpine meadow Cask No. 96.8 The nose was attractive, buttery, […]
  • Glendronach Cask Strength Batch #3 Glendronach Cask Strength Batch3 ~54.9% (BenRiach) - Glendronach Cask Strength Batch3 ~54.9% (Benriach & GlenDronach Distilleries) 54.9% ABV, £52 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: A classic GlenDronach exactly as we made it – cask strength, non chill filtered and at natural colour. The cask strength has been matured in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.The first batch […]
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