The GlenDronach Allardice 18 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky named after James Allardice, the founder of the GlenDronach Distillery. The whisky was first released in 2009.
The distillery was mothballed in 1996, ceasing production until it was reopened a few years later in 2002. As a result of this, no distillation took place between 1996 and 2002 and the versions of whiskies launched after 2013 are actually older than the years on the label since they were maturing for extra time during the distillery’s closure.
James Allardice inherited the Boynsmill Estate in 1800 and founded The GlenDronach distillery on the estate in 1826. Situated in Forgue in the Highland Hills, the GlenDronach distillery is one of the oldest and first licensed distilleries in Scotland. The distillery was named after the Dronac burn, the distillery’s water source. Built in 1771, the Glen House (known formerly as Boynsmill) was home to many of the distilleries managers and workers.
The GlenDronach distillery was one of the last ones to heat their still by coal fire and it was only in 2005 that they switched to steam heating. After multiple takeovers throughout the years, the Brown-Forman Corporation took over the GlenDronach distillery in 2016.
The 18 year old GlenDronach Allardice, bottled in 2015 should have ideally be distilled around 1997, but since the distillery was not operational at that time, the distillation took place before 1996, making the expression somewhere between 19-20 years old!
The Allardice 18 year old is made out of a mash bill of 100% malted barley. They use traditional copper pot stills to distill and re-distill the spirits which are then filled into appropriate casks for maturing.
Nearly 70% of the flavour of the whisky is derived from the wood of the barrel in which the spirit is aged which is why the Allardice is the exclusively matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks to create the rich sherried style that the GlenDronach whiskies are famous for. The Allardice 18 year old has not undergone chill filtration.
The GlenDronach Allardice 18 Year Old contains 46% ABV (92 US Proof), which is slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2018.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2016.
Bronze at the World Whiskies Awards in 2015.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2014.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2013.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2011.
20th February 2019
Sweet aromas with hints of fruits and sherry oak.
Rich and dark chocolate combined with fruity flavours.
Strong lingering aftertaste that is sweet and slightly dry.