James Allardice (1780-1849) – inventor, entrepreneur, founder of the GlenDronach distillery.
Founded in 1826 by Jame Allardice, GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries. Allardice was a colourful character and stories about as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was also a pioneer of wood finishing and would have celebrated today’s superb GlenDronach. Matured in a combination of the finest Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks – the GlenDronach is a perfectly balanced, smooth, creamy, full-bodied single malt Scotch whisky.
The GlenDronach distillery in the Forgue valley in Aberdeenshire is named after the source of its water, the Dronac burn.
It has a history of enterprising owners from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Although times have moved on, the processes used to create the GlenDronach have remained largely unchanged. Today’s malt is created using great Oregon pine washbacks and the same shaped stills used in 1826.
Appearance: Deep amber-red gold
Nose: Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger, Autumn fruits
Palate: Rich, creamy, silky-smooth, warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins, soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.
Finish: Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk
*Info taken from bottle