Glendronach

Location and contact details

Location" Location: The GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue By Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 6DB
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0)1466 730 202
Web" Web: http://glendronachdistillery.co.uk/
Twitter" Twitter: GlenDronach (@Glendronach)

Facts and figures

LocationThe GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue By Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 6DB
Founded1826
OwnerBrown-Forman
Water SourceDronach Burn
Stills2 wash stills (13,635 litres)
2 spirit stills (6,800 litres)
Capacity1,300,000 litres

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary through the year, but tours usually run at 1000, 1100, 1300, 1400 and 1500; check for details of opening hours. GlenDronach is open all year on Mondays to Fridays (except between 17th December and 16th January) and Saturdays and Sundays between May and September.

Tours

Discovery Tour £5

Tour of the distillery & complimentary tasting of one expression of GlenDronach. A drivers version of this tour is available, for the same price, where you receive a dram to take home.

The GlenDronach Tasting Tour £15

Tour of the distillery & tasting of the core range of GlenDronach; the 8, 12 and 18 year old expressions.

The GlenDronach Premium Tasting Tour £20

A distillery tour and exclusive tasting of the GlenDronach 18 and 21 years old and the Distillery Manager's cask.

History

Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district. 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, which passed three years earlier and which allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland. 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 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.

In April 2016 Glendronach Distillery was purchased by the Brown-Foreman Corporation. The deal included BenRiach and Glengassaugh distilleries.
Information correct as of 2016-08-28
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article GlenDronach Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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