Glendronach received it’s license in 1826
but by then the distillery had been operating for
several years. Glendronach is Gaelic for ‘Valley of the
In 1837 the distillery was struck by fire and as a
result had financial problems. Glendronach was sold to
Walter Scott in 1837. Scott, who previously had worked
at the Teaninich Distillery, restored and expanded the
distillery. In 1920 the distillery was acquired by
Charles Grant (the founder of Glenfiddich and the son of
William Grant). The distillery changed hands again in
1960, this time being sold to William Teacher & Sons.
In 1966 an extensive modernization vas
done and two more stills were installed. Allied
Distillers bought the distillery in 1976. Glendronach
was mothballed in 1997 due to overcapacity. In 2002 the
stores were back down to acceptable levels and
distillation was resumed.
A Selection of
Glendronach 12 yo 40%
Glendronach 33 yo Sherry 40%
Glendronach 25 yo 1968 43% Sherry
Glendronach 27 yo 1972 48% Sherry
Soft, balanced. Tones of
sherry and smoke.
Glendronach take their water from local
sources in Dronach valley. The distillery used to
control the entire production process, but since 1996
they buy their malt from central malting companies. The
mash tun is made from cast iron and the nine washbacks
are made from Oregon pine.
The current stillhouse is from 1967 and
houses four stills which are coal-heated –the only ones
in Scotland. The whisky is matured on site and is stored
exclusively in used sherry casks which are used up to
three times. Bottling is done in Dumbarton.
Glendronach is used in many blended
whiskies produced by Allied Distiller’s, but is
primarily used in Teacher’s..
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