Aaah, the wonderful summer months – peak holiday season – when we welcome visitors from all over the world to our beautiful area. My all-time favourite question from visitors to Speyside has to be… “I’m looking for a distillery that starts with Glen… something?”
OK… would that be Glenburgie? Glen Grant? Glen Moray? Glenfarclas? Glenfiddich? Glenglassaugh? Glenlivet? Glentauchers? Erm…
Well, if I had my way, I’d send you to GlenDronach every time. GlenDronach has a fantastic reputation in Speyside as a superb heavily-sherried single-malt whisky.
And, as fascinating as it is to visit and sample the giants which you enjoy in your home countries – Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Aberlour, Macallan – if you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, a hidden gem with a wonderful flavour, include GlenDronach in your Ace Tour itinerary.
The location is just beautiful – near Huntly – amidst rolling hills and lush farmlands, tucked away into the glens. If Mr Allardyce (the original owner) ran illicit stills there before buying his first official license in 1823, he was a genius in his location choice. It’s not a distillery you happen to pass on your way anywhere else! And in today’s world, that just adds to its charms.
GlenDronach is renowned for holding on to its traditions and still proud of maintaining the malt’s heavily sherried character. Indeed, their tradition of in-house floor malting only ceased in 2002. The use of coal to fire the stills only ceased in 2005 which means that some of the whisky you’re buying today was produced using those techniques. Nice!
The visitor centre is relaxed and welcoming, and really allows you to soak up the atmosphere and get a feel for the centuries of whisky traditions that have gone on there.
Finally, if you’re the visitor who asked me about the ‘Glen…’, I’m the one who sent you to Huntly. Hope you enjoyed it! Next time, let Ace Tours drive; you won’t get lost and can enjoy a dram once you’re there.
We’d love to hear from you. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer.