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The GlenDronach Distillery, Forgue

Categories: Distilleries, Food & Drink
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4.8/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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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  • Were guided around by nice Karen and it was noticeable that they are proud to be a little less distillery which protects the local and domestic so far. New owners, however, since 4 months back (June-16) so maybe it will be changed? Hope not anyways-suited us perfectly. We were here and on Glenfiddich and be really 2 completely different experiences, can be recommended to see these two.
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  • Our first distillery tour in Scotland. What a place to start. The tour was about 1 hr, 15 minutes then followed by a tasting. For 20GBP, I received the tour, and three generous pours of the 18yo, the ...  read more »
  • A first of all: GlenDronach is my absolute favourite whiskey. Accordingly, it was clear that I would visit the distillery in Scotland vacation for me. The plant is not directly on the main traffic artery, i.e. for the arrival must be already a little detour in stride. The building work without very nice, lots of red color. Overall very pleasant first impression. The distillery is small but fine. All 'standard'-whiskies and the possibility of getting a single fill barrel itself to. I did of course! Now for the less good part: the tour itself. We did the standard tour, which approximately 45' took. The guide was okay, visit too, however, there was no way to visit the warehouses (only through a small window in the shop). Elsewhere (E.g. Edradour) I got much more offered for less money.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Detailed Distillery tour with a nice guide. Highly recommend!
  • Well, never heard of this Whisky but it was a great tour and the tour guy gave us lots of details of the history of he place. I enjoyed it because I like to know where the great water of life came from and the men behind it!
  • Had a great tour with Frank, one of the best Distillerytours I had!
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