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STANDING THE TEST OF TIME

From its hillside home in the Scottish Highlands, The GlenDronach Distillery has been creating the finest richly sherried single malts for nearly 200 years.

In 1826 the exuberant and extroverted James Allardice founded the distillery and produced his ‘Guid GlenDronach’ single malt. Down the years, the distillery he created has thrived under the stewardship of far-sighted investors like Walter Scott in 1847 and Captain Charles Grant in 1920. In more recent times, GlenDronach was bought in 1960 by William Teacher & Sons. Originally, all of the workers at GlenDronach lived on site, including the distillery manager, staff, excise man, brewer and all of their families. To this day many of the old houses still remain. The most famous of them all is Glen House, which was built in 1771. Home to many of the distillery’s managers, the grand Georgian building could probably tell a tale or two. Rumour has it; the front room is haunted by a Spanish lady, who travelled over to Scotland in a sherry cask. Apparently she is quite partial to the odd tipple now and then. In 1968, GlenDronach was released as a single malt brand for the first time and the brand’s reputation grew from strength to strength. In 2008, nothing less than a complete renaissance began. The BenRiach Distillery Company became GlenDronach’s proud new owner. While time can never stand still, the commitment of the team at GlenDronach will ensure that the distinctive practices that have always defined the distillery will live on – the most influential of these, its return to independent ownership.

GLEN HOUSE

Originally, all of the workers at GlenDronach lived on site, including the distillery manager, staff, excise man, brewer and all of their families.
To this day many of the old houses still remain.

The most famous of them all is Glen House, which was built in 1771. Home to many of the distillery’s managers, the grand Georgian building could probably tell a tale or two. Rumour has it; the front room is haunted by a Spanish lady, who travelled over to Scotland in a sherry cask. Apparently she is quite partial to the odd tipple now and then. Today, Glen House is used for corporate entertainment and is enjoyed by guests from around the world.

HISTORY TIMELINE

1771

GLEN HOUSE WAS BUILT

The house was originally called Boynsmill and was renamed by James Allardice when the distillery was built in 1826.

1771

GLEN HOUSE WAS BUILT

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1826

The Distillery Was Founded

The GlenDronach Distillery was one of the first licensed distilleries in Scotland.

1826

The Distillery Was Founded

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1830

Bought Over

The distillery was bought over by Walter Scott (From Teaninich).

1830

Bought Over

1860s

The Largest

GlenDronach was the largest duty paying distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Over 50 people lived on site at this time, including all of the workers and their families.

1860s

The Largest

1920

Captain Charles Grant

Captain Charles Grant bought over the distillery.

Charles was the son of the founder of the Glenfiddich Distillery

1920

Captain Charles Grant

1960

William Teacher & Sons

The distillery was bought over by William Teacher & Sons.

Teacher's expanded the number of stills at GlenDronach from two to four.

1960

William Teacher & Sons

1996

GlenDronach Was Mothballed

The distillery was mothballed for a number of years by its owners Allied Distillers.

1996

GlenDronach Was Mothballed

2002

Distillery Re-Opened

GlenDronach was once again in full production.

2002

Distillery Re-Opened

2005

Chivas Brothers Take Over

Allied Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard and the distillery was passed to Chivas Brothers.

2005

Chivas Brothers Take Over

2005

GlenDronach Converts To Steam Heating

The distillery was one of the last to heat the stills by coal fire.

2005

GlenDronach Converts To Steam Heating

2008

TAKEOVER

GlenDronach was taken over by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.

2008

TAKEOVER

2015

Global Whisky Distiller of the Year

The BenRiach Distillery Company was named Global Whisky Distiller of the Year at the 2015 Icons of Whisky Awards. A fantastic achievement for a small privately-owned independent company to win this prestigious global award.

2015

Global Whisky Distiller of the Year

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