Useful website detailing some of the history of the distillery, the tours available, the wide range of whiskies available and an extensive news archive.
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Glendronach has a visitor centre and runs its basic Discovery tour (£5) at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm throughout the year - Mon-Fri from October to April, plus Saturday and Sunday from May to September.
Tasting Tour (£12) also includes the malting floor and warehouse and 3 drams - 12yo, 15yo & 18yo. Premium Tasting Tour (£15) - 18yo, 21yo and Distillery Manager's Cask (1993, cask strength).
Connoisseur's Tours (£25) Monday and Wednesday - in depth private tour and tasting including some of the rarest expressions of Glendronach. Must be booked in advance - minimum 4 people.
Bottle your own option available.
On my visit in 2005, the distillery was closed for maintenance, so didn't get a tour - but a couple of free drams.
Founded by James Allardice in 1826 (the 18yo is named after him - this is the spelling the distillery uses now, though Allardes and Allardyce are also recorded). The distillery was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1837 - a fate shared by many other distilleries in the days before health and safety was taken seriously!
In 1920 Glendronach was purchased by Charles Grant (son of William Grant of Glenfiddich) and it remained in the family for 40 years before being sold to William Teachers. Teachers eventually became part of Allied who sold up to Pernod in 2005, but they didn't keep Glendronach for long - selling it to Billy Walker, owner of BenRiach in 2008.
The only distillery where the distillation's primary maturation is entirely in sherry casks. Many distilleries mature in bourbon and finish in sherry or other cask type, Glendronach is different.
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The nearest stations are: Huntly (HNT) (8 miles), Keith (KEH) (15), Inverurie (INR) (19) Live Train Times: HNT KEH INR.
From Huntly, the A97 towards Banff (it briefly joins the A96 Huntly by-pass), right on to the B9001 at the Bognie Arms Hotel towards Forgue, and left onto the A9024 Turriff road - Glendronach Distillery is almost immediately on the left after the junction.
Official bottlings of Glendronach have expanded since the BenRiach takeover. The core range consists of 12yo (Original - 43%); 15yo (Revival - 46%); 18yo (Allardice - 46%); 21yo (Parliament - 48%). In addition there are 31yo (45.8%) and 33yo (40%) expressions and a number of finishes launched in 2010 - 14yo Virgin Oak; 14yo Sauternes; 15yo Moscatel; 15yo Tawny Port - all at 46%.
Cask Strength bottlings - Batch 1 - 54.8%; and various single casks - generally around 5 every six months.
Independent bottlings of Glendronach are rare.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Huntly (8) or Inverurie (19)
Autospares of Huntly 49 Duke Street 01466 793682
Bike Station 5 Station Road, Inverurie 01467 670111
Pedal Power 29a High Street, Inverurie 01467 624323
Halfords Oldmeldrum Road, Inverurie 01467 627790
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Glendronach Distillery are available on Flickr.