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The GlenDronach, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The GlenDronach Distillery nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire, is named after the source of its water: the Dronac burn. Founded in 1826, The GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries and has a history of enterprising owners, from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Allardice was a colourful character and stories abound as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation and would have celebrated today’s superb The GlenDronach, maturing our whisky in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.

Although times have moved on, the processes used to create The GlenDronach have remained largely unchanged. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style: a heavy and robust spirit, perfect for a long maturation period in sherry casks. The award-winning GlenDronach range marries the best of Highland and Spanish skill and heritage to offer whiskies of elegant, complex character with tremendous depth of taste.

We are renowned as the masters of sherry cask maturation, and our Highland whiskies are recognised for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours, from the Pedro Ximenez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes, from superb Oloroso casks. Our well-kept secrets have been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

The Team

Rachel Barrie Master Blender

Rachel Barrie

Rachel Barrie started her 26 year career in whisky after graduating with a first class honours in chemistry from Edinburgh University. Her first experience of malt whisky began in the Garioch district in Aberdeenshire, where she was born and brought up to appreciate the nuances of the locally distilled malt whisky. Rachel is the Master Blender for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

Stewart Buchanan Brand Ambassador

Stewart Buchanan

Ex-distillery manager of the BenRiach Distillery, Stewart now travels the world spreading the word on our fantastic single malts. Stewart is the Brand Ambassador for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

Alan McConnochie Distillery Manager

Alan McConnochie

Born in the shadow of White Horse Distillers in Glasgow, Alan was obviously destined for a future in the whisky business. Alan is the Distillery Manager for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

Ewen George Warehouse Manager

Ewen George

Ewan has lived in the vicinity of the BenRiach Distillery all his life. As a boy he passed the distillery many times, never realising that it would become his second home. Ewan is the Warehouse Manager for The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

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