Glendronach 18 Year Single Malt Whisky
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- Country: Scotland
- Region: Highland
- Distillery: Glendronach
- Age: 18 years old
- Strength: 46.0%
- Bottler: Original bottling (OB)
- Cask Type: Sherry cask - Oloroso
GlenDronach Distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardice and located near Forgue by Huntly Aberdeenshire in Highland. The distillery was the second distillery to apply for a licence to legally produce whisky under the Excise Act of 1823 and allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland.
In 1960, GlenDronach was bought by William Teachers & Sons. Over the years, the distillery was mothballed in 1996 and reopened again in 2002. It was acquired by Chivas Brothers, in turn part of French beverage conglomerate Pernod-Richard in 2005, and in 2008 was subsequently purchased by the BenRiach Distilling Company.
The distillery converted from coal fired stills to steam heat in 2005. It was the last Scottish distiller to switch. Today, among major producers, only the Japanese distiller Yoichi still uses coal fired stills. The distillery draws its water from the Dronac Burn in the distillery grounds, directly and they has four stills in total. Two wash stills of 13,600 liter capacity, and two spirit stills of half that capacity. For increase the quality of raw alcohol, both stills were possessing reflux bowls.
Eventually, they released a core range that consisted of a 12 YO, 15 YO, 18 YO and 21 YO expression. Over the last several years, they has emerged as one of the most exciting and best valued Scotch whiskies and has become a consistent medal winner in international competitions.
GlenDronach Distillery are generally high-quality Sherry casks. It has a long history of producing sherried malts and maturing its whisky either in Oloroso sherry butts or in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez (PX) casks. Feature of the cask was present a deep amber colour and a rich complex flavour profile that brilliantly joins a deeply favoured. It’s leading a sweet, dried dark fruit taste note from PX sherry maturation and along with the drier, citrus zest, fruity and nutty note from Oloroso sherry butts.