Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire Scotland, and therefore is classed as a Highland whisky. 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.
In April 2016 Glendronach Distillery was purchased by the Brown-Forman Corporation. The deal included BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.
But now to the whisky !!
Ahh………. but first a word of caution
It should be remembered that Glendronach mothballed its distillery from 1996-2002. The post-2014 bottlings truly are 12 year old whiskies. If you bought this Glendronach 12 bottled in 2013, you were getting a 17 year old whisky as the whisky was distilled and casked in 1996. Those who enjoyed the amazing Glendronach 12 from 2010-2013 were getting a whisky older than the stated age. That is no longer the case.
I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for fiveteen minutes.Incidently this is a whisky that water should be added to, to gain the full experience of this heavily sherried whisky.
The whisky pours a dark golden colour, leaving long slow legs flowing down the inside of the glass. Quite oily
The nose is initially very sweet with heavy notes of raisin, sweet sherry and Christmas cake especially one where the baker has added a little to much of his favourite alcohol !!! A little dark spice begins to build along with notes of cereal at the end.
A really warm sherried opening to the whisky. Quite luxurious!!
The flavour is initially really quite sweet with sweet sherry dominant ,however notes of mandarin oranges and honey appear and as the whisky develops it becomes a little more complex with hints of dark chocolate and allspice appearing.
A little more complex as the whisky develops and exceedingly pleasant and warming.
The finish is medium long with sweet sherry dominating but with notes of dried fruit, orange peel and dark spice evident
This bottling was pre 2014 and I found it a beautiful whisky ,well made and very satisfying. I did notice that the whisky began to gain complexity the longer it was in the glass, so I would advise leaving it a little longer than 15 minutes before tasting.
Enjoy this sherry bomb single malt.