Halo Single Malt Mates,
Here are the other distilleries we visited
This distillery is near Elgin and is a museum. You can see all the equipment used to make Scotch whisky without interuption for as long as you like.
The Glendronach distillery in the Deveron (Speyside) area of
Scotland was founded in 1826 by Glendronach Distillery Co.,
a partnership headed by one James Allardes (or Allardyce).
Just one decade after it was founded, Glendronach was
destroyed by a fire – a fate that was not that unusual for the
whisky distilleries at the time. After the disaster several people
from the whisky industry became involved, including Walter
Scott (from Teaninich), Alexander Ross and ‘Captain’ Charles
Grant (younger son of William Grant of Glenfiddich distillery).
Glendronach remained under control of that branch of the
Grant family until 1960, when George Grey Grant sold it.
The Speyside distillery of Glendronach has quite an extensive range of official bottlings for enthusiasts to choose from. Their collection includes a 12 year old, 15 year old, 18 year old, 21 year old, 24 year old, a Cask Strength bottling, and Wood Finishes Bottlings. The range is relatively new, having been started with the relaunch of the 12 year old Original in 2009, which was accompanied by the return of the 15 and 18 year old bottlings. There aren’t too many independent bottlings at the distillery, although there have been a few by Whisky Galore and Signatory Vintage.
Glendronach has a long history of being associated with the Teachers and Ballantine blends, in which it is still a major component today. When Pernod Ricard acquired the site, Glendronach was also used as a component in Chivas Regal, although this relationship has since been suspended.
Glengoyne is an interesting distllery The boundary between the highland and lowland districts is the street dividing the distillery from its bonded warehouse. So the product is a highland whisky matured in the lowlands.
Glengoyne Distillery is a whiskydistillery continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow, Scotland. Glengoyne is unique in producing Highland single malt whisky matured in the Lowlands. Located upon the Highland Line, the division between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while maturing casks of whisky rest across the road in the Lowlands. Like most malt whisky distilleries today, Glengoyne does not use peat smoke to dry their barley, but instead uses warm air.
They use two kinds of sherry barrels European and American oak and two kinds of sherry , Olorroso and Pedro Ximenez used in the barrel to age their whisky.
The difference in color is astounding in the final product.
The upshot of all this is distilleries are fun to visit and I hope you can go to Scotland to see them
When You are gaun up a hill of fortune may ye ne’er meet a frien’ comin’ down.
Slainte mohr agad
Your Scotch Spirit Master