The distillery is located near Forgue by Huntley in Highland. It is between Aberdeen and Inverness, just very close to Speyside.
Glendronach was found in 1826 by James Allardice. Until 1920 the distillery had whisky expert investors like Walter Scott and Captain Charles Grant. In 1960 Glendronach was bought by William Teachers & Sons.In 1996 the distillery was mothballed and reopened in 2001 by Allied Distillers Ltd. In 2006 Chivas Brothers took control and lastly in 2008 BenRiach Distillery Co became the last owner under Brown Forman.
Since the distillery both used coal and peat during kilning process, the malt from Glendronach is somewhat peatier than the other Speysiders. Casks used by Glendronach are generally high quality sherry casks. They also started to use ex bourbon casks after the ownership of Pernod Ricard.
Though it has a long story Glendronach relaunched its core series in 2009 and Glendronach 12 is one of them. This 12 year old is a heavily sherried dram which is best after a nice dinner as a digestive or a great reading whisky.
Nose is densely made of dried fruits, raisins, cinnamon and ginger reminding you of autumn. Palate is fruity and nutty with a thick texture leading to a finish with a subtle smoky oak and nutty notes.
A well crafted 12 year old single malt and shouldn't be underestimated.