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Richly Sherried Single Malt Whisky from one of the First Licensed Distilleries in Scotland
One of the First Scotch Distilleries
Located in the Scottish Highlands near the tiny settlement of Forgue, GlenDronach was founded by James Allardice in 1826, making it one of the first licensed distilleries in Scotland. The establishment of GlenDronach was encouraged by the Duke of Gordon, who legalized distillation in the highlands with the Excise Act of 1823. Allardice made single malt whisky under the name "Guid GlenDronach" until he went bankrupt. He then sold the distillery to Walter Scott, with historians differing on the exact year between 1830 and 1852. Scott would be the first of many new owners for GlenDronach. By the 1860s, GlenDronach had become a significant producer of whisky, and was the largest duty-paying distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
A Century of Uncertainty
The twentieth century saw GlenDronach change owners several times, first in 1920 to Captain Charles Grant, who was the son of the founder of the Glenfiddich Distillery. The whiskies of GlenDronach became highly sought after for use in blends, and in 1960, one of these blenders, William Teacher & Sons, purchased the distillery. After purchasing the distillery, Teacher's expanded the number of stills from two to four. Allied Distillers took over GlenDronach in 1976 by acquiring Teacher's, and the distillery was eventually mothballed in 1996. Production would resume in 2002, but operations were insignificant until 2008.
The Revival of Glendronach
In 2008, the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd., led by whisky industry veteran Billy Walker, purchased GlenDronach with the intention of revitalizing the distillery as a single malt distillery specializing in richly sherried whisky. In April 2008, the famous 12 year old "Original," 15 year old "Revival" and 18 year old "Allardice" expressions were re-launched, re-establishing the core range of whiskies. Since then, older expressions have been added, as well as cask strength and wood finish bottlings. Tradition has long been a fundamental value at GlenDronach. In 2005, the distillery was the last Scottish distillery to switch over from direct fire heating the stills to steam heat, and it only did so as the result of the laws being changed. Tradition continues to be a theme at the distillery today. The production equipment includes a copper mash tun, washbacks made from Oregon pine and four copper pot stills. The warehouses are a mix of dunnage and racked, with sherry barrels being the star of the show.