The GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue

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Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district. It is owned by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardes (referred to often as Allardice) as the second distillery to apply for a licence to legally produce whisky under the Excise Act of 1823, which passed three years earlier and which allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland. Other sources credit a consortium of farmers and businessmen for the foundation of the distillery though this could include Allardes. The Glendronach distillery was purchased by Teachers and Sons Ltd around 1960 who increased the number of stills from two to six. In 1996 the distillery was mothballed and reopened again in 2001 by Allied Distillers Limited. In 2006 the distillery passed into the hands of Chivas Brothers Ltd (part of the Pernod Ricard group) and in 2008 it was sold to the BenRiach Distillery Company. Other notable owners include Walter Scott, who acquired it in 1881 and Charles Grant, son of the founder of the Glenfiddich distillery, in 1920.The distillery draws its water from the Dronac burn within the distillery grounds. It has its own floor maltings and two wash stills in addition to two spirit stills.The distillery is protected as a category B listed building.
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  • August 2, 2017
    We were staying not far from here so popped in for a tour. We were greeted with a very warm welcome from all the ladies and explained how the tour would go. They are very drink driving conscious so de...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Having done a few distillery tours there are certain things you expect to be part of it and they were there. Once you get past the core details of whiskey it's the individualities that make it - altho...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    If you are base in Dufftown, Aberlour or Craigellachie, it is a 40 minites drive. A wee far away, but it is the best full sherry cask whisky distillery in Scotland! Out of 21 distillery I have visited...  more »
  • Cost 20 pounds for the tour of the distillary which I found to be pricey. Only one there at the time and tour was very short
  • Karen gave a brilliant tour offering great knowledge, offered up in a very warm and friendly manner.
  • Some of the few really authentic distilleries in Scotland. We had a tour with Leon as our guide and I highly recommend him for you. You'll see that he really loves his job. Enjoy
  • Hand filled whisky. Decent.
  • We got a very personal tour as we were only 2 couples. The lady guide extended the walk and had a great sense of humor. She showed us details usually passed in other distilleried such as the barley house. Wonderful. This, I really appreciated as Glendronach is since long my fav malt w.

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