The Glendronach 50 Year Old
We are really excited to have secured one of only 198 bottles released globally.
This 50-year-old single malt is the oldest GlenDronach ever released. The whisky was selected by Master Blender Rachel Barrie from casks filled in 1971, and married in a single Pedro Ximenez cask before bottling.
Each bottle is hand numbered and presented in a leather case, accompanied by an embossed leather booklet with details about the whisky. Bottle number one in the series was auctioned at the Distillers Company One of One auction in December 2021 to raise money for disadvantaged young people in Scotland.
Nose: Ripe dark cherry and plum are the preludes to a harmony of rolling stone fruit, gentian, and a plume of smouldering tobacco – lifted by lilting notes of bramble, orange, and cranberry.
Palate: Dense undertones of dark chocolate, tobacco, and cocoa form an exquisite overture of flavour. A perfect counter comes in a crescendo of elegant plum and luxurious black cherry, enrobed in a swathe of velvet espresso.
About The Glendronach
The distillery’s path to the present day has been far from straightforward. Glendronach was founded in 1826 by James Allardes, later known as Allerdice, and just a decade later the whole structure had burned down. By the 1860s the distillery had re-risen to become one of the largest duty-paying distilleries in Scotland, signifying a considerable output. The next century saw it change hands a number of times and in 1960 it was bought by Teacher’s, who would later become part of first Allied Brewers and then Chivas Brothers.
Teacher’s brought with them an eye for expansion, increasing the number of stills from two to four and in 1968 releasing Glendronach as a single malt for the first time. Three years later, the casks of whisky which went on to create this release were filled. The whisky matured in Glendronach’s dunnage warehouses through the distillery’s closure between 1996 and 2002, its modernisation in 2005, its time as part of The Benriach Distillery Company from 2008 and its acquisition in 2016 by Brown-Forman, which has brought us the Glendronach we know today.
Now released from its casks, this 50-year-old whisky is a reminder of what made, and what continues to make, Glendronach so special.