GlenDronach 12 Year Old
12-year-old single malt was re-launched in 2009. The whisky is aged in in
ex-sherry casks only (a mixture of different sherry casks). Non-chill filtered,
this naturally colored Scotch is aged for a minimum of 12 years, in a
combination of the “finest Spanish Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry
casks...bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy
dram” (Glendronach). With warm, rich oak and classic sherried notes, this
single malt is a quintessential GlenDronach.
The whisky won gold medals at the 2017 San
Francisco World Spirits Competition, and the 2017 World Whiskies Awards.
The year is 1826, the
Temperance Society had just been formed in Boston, Beethoven’s Quartet No. 13
is premiered in Vienna, the combustable engine is being patented, and deep
within the Scottish Highlands, in the land of peat and bagpipes, the
GlenDronach distillery is being born. GlenDronach got its start shortly after
the Excise Act of 1823, when James Allardice became the second person to apply
for a license to distill Whisky in Scotland. Ever since, the iconic Scottish
distillery has been under the ownership of several well-known names in Scotch,
namely; Walter Scott, Captain Charles Grant, and William Teacher and Sons.
The distillery is located near Forgue, by Huntly,
Aberdeenshire, in the Speyside region, and is currently owned by BenRiach.
GlenDronach survived many set-backs, including a fire in 1836 that nearly
destroyed the entire facility. Their floor malting was also halted in 1996, and
the distillery was mothballed. The distillery experienced a near complete
overhaul when giant Pernod Ricard acquired them in 2005. They converted the
last of the Scottish coal-fired stills to indirect steam-heated coils.
GlenDronach was the last of the remaining distilleries using the method at this