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Glendronach Distillery, Speyside
The Glendronach distillery in the Deveron area of Speyside was founded by James Allardice in 1826, but it was destroyed by a fire in 1937.
The licence and the ruins of the distillery were sold to Walter Scott of Teaninich distillery. From 1920 to 1960 it stayed under the ownership of Charles Grant (younger son of William Grant of Glenfiddich) and it was subsequently sold to William Teacher, now part of the Pernod-Ricard group.
The Glendronach distillery was mothballed since 1995, but production resumed in 2004. The malt is used in the blends Ballantine and Teachers.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.