Glen Ord Highland Whisky Distillery
Located in the heart of Mackenzie country west of Inverness near the Black Isle this distillery is one of the older Scottish Whisky Distillery’s being established in 1838 by Robert Johnstone and Donald McLennan. After the death of Donald McLennan in 1870 Alexander MacKenzie married his widow and took charge of the distillery. At this time their product Glen Ord Single Malt whisky matured in European oak casks was exported from Scotland to many parts of the British Empire.
Sold in 1896 to James Watson & Son of Dundee for the sum of £15,800 this company of blenders required the high quality malt for blending their Watsons No 10 blended Scotch Whisky. During the first World War the distillery was closed in order to conserve stocks of barley for food.
The distillery opened again after the war but in 1923 it was acquired by Dewar’s of Perth who shortly thereafter merged with the Distillers Company Ltd. Transfer to Scottish Malt Distillers (D.C.L.) followed in 1930. It was not until 1949 that electricity was installed at the site.
In 1966 the original 2 coal fired stills were increased by 4 to 6 and at the same time all the stills had steam heated coils fitted. The Guinness Company under the name of United Distillers Ltd (later to become Diageo) took over in 1985.
Visitors to this distillery can sample and purchase “The Singleton of Glen Ord Highland Single Malt Whisky which was originally released to the Asian market in 2006. This spicy 12 year old is not available for sale any where else in the U.K. The rest of the production from the distillery has been released as part of Diageo’s annual Special Releases or is used for blending other Diageo blended brands namely Dewar’s and Johnnie Walker.
Glen Ord is a high quality single malt whisky of the Highland Type and is good value for money.
Taste: Highland Style, Spicy, Rich, Smooth and Rounded