Glendronach Speyside Whisky Distillery
Glendronach Distillery in the town of Forgue near Huntly in Aberdeenshire Scotland has a long and famous if not an infamous history. The first owner and founder James Allardyce of Glen House had probably been experimenting with the distillation of illegal spirit for some time prior to founding the distillery officially in 1826.
In order to advertise his new single malt whisky he decided to journey to the nation’s capital Edinburgh with a small cask/flagon hoping to obtain orders for his new product. Unfortunately the local publicans in the Canongate were less than impressed and advised him that they had more than enough stock of Speyside single malt whisky. A dejected James wandered around the area and was eventually accosted by two local ladies of the night. James offered to take them back to his hotel to sample his Glen Dronach single malt whisky and what ever else I will leave to your imagination. The ladies were obviously very impressed with the whisky and James gave them the remnants of the cask which they later shared with their friends and fellow professionals. Later that day the Canongate was full of ladies who were all very amenable and drunk on the Glen Dronach. As a result James received a large number of orders for his new malt before retuning home to Speyside.
Like all Scottish distilleries Glen Dronach has had a large number of owners over the years including Walter Scott and Captain Charles Grant whose father had founded Glenfiddich. However unlike most distillery stories this distillery has not ended up in the hands of one of the multi nationals.
In 2008 the distillery was sold to a private consortium headed by Mr William Walker known as the Benriach Distillery Co. The owners quickly updated the distillery and in a short space of time had available 12, 15, 18 and 33 year old bottles of Glen Dronach single malt whisky.
From then on the distillery has gone from strength to strength and now produces around 1,300,000 litres of spirit annually. The new owners have also moved back to using sherry casks and this refreshing change has produced a unique heavily sherried malt whisky which is excellent after dinner.
Taste: Older Glendronach’s from Oloroso Casks. Newer bottlings heavily Sherried and fruity