Glendronach

Glendronach was founded in 1826 by James Allardes near Huntly in Aberdeenshire. The distillery was purchased by Teachers and Sons Ltd in 1960 who increased the number of stills from two to six. The distillery was closed from 1996 and mothballed until it reopened in 2001 owned by Allied Distillers Limited. In 2016 the distillery, along with BenRiach and Glenglassaugh was purchased by Brown-Forman Corporation. Glendronach currently produces a large proportion of ex-sherry matured whisky and has a house style which is often rich, big and bold.


Posted 31 July 2018

I’ll admit it – I had to look ‘Hielan’ up. And then I felt a little bit stupid. ‘High or elevated land, applied in Scot., specif. in pl. with the, to the mountainous district of Scotland lying north and west of a line drawn approximately from Dumbarton to Ballater and thence to Nairn’. It seems fairly obvious in hindsight, that of course this is simply a descriptive historical word for a particular part of the Highlands – but then again, in my travels I also found: heeland, hilan, heelon, hielin and highlan. The etymology of language is rarely straight-forward. 


Posted 23 May 2018

The Glendronach visitor experience is rather the strange one – on the one hand the centre has a welcoming feel of modernity meeting tradition, on the other, it seems trapped by its own popularity and the legacy of Billy Walker and the Benriach Distillery Company. Tours commence with the obligatory introductory video – I don’t mind these nearly as much as some people – they set the scene, they set the mood – and many visitors won’t have the basic fundamental knowledge that these videos quickly and succinctly provide. Glendronach’s video however is desperately in need of an update – as well as providing information now several years out of date, it also contains a 2 minute section presenting viewers with the official tasting notes for all of its core expressions – one after the other. Sleep never felt closer.


Posted 30 June 2017

Glendronach and sherry seems almost synonymous nowadays. The use of Ex-sherry cask for either full-term maturation or for finishing have become plat du jour (the current logo even includes the phrasing “The Sherry Cask Connoisseurs”) and reinforce a distillery style that is oft-times rich, big and bold.


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