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The Essential Guide For The Connoisseur Of Malt Whiskies And Their Distilleries.
Glendronach's founder, James Allardes, was a frequent guest of the 5th Duke of Gordon who was largely responsible for the Excise Act of 1823 which was instrumental in creating the modern malt whisky industry. The distillery has had various owners over the years, including Captain Charles Grant, younger son of William Grant of Glenfiddich farne, who purchased it from the Crown in 1920. It remained in that branch of the Grant family until 1960, when George Grey Grant sold it to Wm Teacher & Sons Ltd. Extended from two to four stills in 1966-7. Now part of Allied Domecq and operated by Allied Distillers Ltd.
Location: Situated straddling the Dronach Burn in the valley of Forgue, which supplies the cooling water. The distillery is set amongst tall trees, in which an established colony of rooks is said to bring luck.
Notes: Distilling was undoubtedly carried out in the area in the days before legal distilling came to Glendronach and the noisy rooks would have proved a useful ally to warn of approaching strangers - especially excise officers. Built in the form of a square and covering four acres, Glendronach is one of the few distilleries where barley is still malted on a malting floor, providing about 15 % of the distillery's requirement. It also has coal-fired stills. Glendronach is one of the most important constituents of Teacher's Highland Cream Scotch whisky.
Water: "The Source" - a spring four miles east of the distillery.

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