Latest update: October 17th 2010
GLENDRONACH DISTILLERY PICTURES
In 1771 Boynsmill was built, in 1826 James Allardyce renamed it Glen House when he started building Glendronach distillery on the grounds surrounding Glen House. James Allardyce produced a single malt whisky called “Guid GlenDronach”. Through the years the distillery thrived under the stewardship of people like Walter Scott, from Teaninich, who bought the distillery in 1830. Captain Charles Grant, son of William Grant, who founded Glenfiddich, bought the distillery in 1920. In 1960 Glendronach was bought by William Teacher & Sons and expanded the number of still from 2 to 4. William Teacher & Sons was taken over by Allied Distillers in 1976, who mothballed the distillery in 1996. In 2002, after the floor malting ceased to exist, the distillery was running again. In 2005, Allied Distillers was taken over by Chivas Brothers. In 2008, the Benriach Distillery Company became the new owner of the distillery. This was not something that came easy to them, as there were several competitors interested in Glendronach. Several new bottlings soon appeared and it looks like the future of Glendronach is settled.
During my visit I was taken round the distillery by tour guide Frank Masse. Frank has been working in the industry for most of his life, which of course makes him a great guide. A look in one of the warehouses and a tasting of their core range and some cask samples convinced me that Glendronach has a bright future. Glendronach is a beautiful distillery, with beautiful building among which Glen House and the former customs house. But also the set up of the distillery is very nice and the tour involves the floor maltings and kiln. Even though they are not working, it gives you a nice insight on the distillery on how it was, and still is run.