GlenDronach distillery located in the Forgue Valley of the East Highlands in Scotland. It was established in 1826 by James Allardice as a 196-year-old distillery. Similar with many small Scottish distilleries, it has gone through years of glory, many changes of owners, closures and rebirths.
GlenDronach was the fifth largest whisky brand in the world in half century ago. It was temporarily suspended from 1996 to 2002. In 2005 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. Finally the "Sherry Cask" specialist has been resurrected.
GlenDronach was the last distillery in Scotland to have coal-fired; it ferments slowly in wooden fermenters; it is non-chill filtered and coloured with no added caramel. However, after being handed over to the Pernod Ricard Group, it was changed to steam indirect heating distillation.
People who drink whisky can easily recognize the taste of GlenDronach. Because the winery insists on aging in the best Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Oloroso sherry barrels in Andalusia, Spain. Its natural deep color and rich flavor, high recognition and loyalty preference, GlenDronach 12 years, 15 years, 18 years and 21 years in the world's major spirits competitions numerous awards. Since its launch the single-cask whisky collection in 2009, has been receiving rave reviews and has sparked a rush among whisky lovers.
In particular, GlenDronach did not distill the original wine from 1997 to 2002, so GlenDronach was discontinued in 2015 for GlenDronach 15 years, and only resumed production in 2018. GlenDronach 15 is the most acclaimed vintage, having won the Whisky of the year 2014-15 at The Whisky Exchange. Matured in PX and Oloroso sherry casks, the wine is a beautiful golden-bronze color with heady aromas of candied cherries, wild blackberries and dark chocolate leading to a hint of orange bitters. On the palate, there are aromas of candied apricots and ripe figs, gradually bringing out the flavors of black cherries and brown sugar. The finish continues with rye, honey and dark chocolate aromas.