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Sláinte - Owner invests £30 million to double production from GlenDronach Distillery

By David Porter

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A multi-million pound investment is set to significantly increase production from the GlenDronach distillery in Aberdeenshire.

The site, located to the west of Turriff near Forgue and which sees wild west town Tranquility as a neighbour is owned by Brown-Forman who announced and investment of more than £30 million (US$36.5m) at the site to double production in an effort to ensure long-term future growth for the single malt brand.

Known for its Sherry cask-matured single malts global demand for The GlenDronach, has tripled since 2016 according to Brown-Forman,

Distillery manager, Laura Tolmie said: “As a small, traditional Scottish distillery, we’re very proud to be custodians of such a revered single malt at The GlenDronach.

“I’m delighted that this significant investment in the long-term future of the distillery is secured, preserving our rich heritage whilst ensuring we can meet the increasing demand for The GlenDronach at home and around the world.”

The expansion marks the next phase of investment following the renovation of the site’s visitor centre in 2020 and work began earlier this year on increasing storage capacity on site.

GlenDronach distillery will see major investment
GlenDronach distillery will see major investment

The upgrade included a new tasting room, whisky bar, lounge and retail space.

The expansion plan will pay ‘significant attention’ to preserving the historic site, including the restoration of the former maltings building as a working production area.

All existing buildings and the courtyard will remain.

The three-year project will also improve operational energy efficiencies.

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has increased production at several of its distilleries in recent years including the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky, which will double its production capacity.

Work on the site started back in March to increase storage
Work on the site started back in March to increase storage

The plans are expected to be fully completed ahead of the the 200th anniversary of the site which was establishment by James Allardice in 1826.

Briggs of Burton will serve as the principal contractor, along with Blyth & Blyth as civil architects.

The news was welcomed by Gordon MP Richard Thomson who said: “GlenDronach whisky has been a feature of the North-east since 1826 and I’m delighted that it has found a new popularity globally in the last few years.

“This is a very welcome investment by owners Brown-Forman and, coupled with recent improvements to its visitor centre, is a real vote of confidence in the workforce and their product. I look forward to paying a visit to learn more about the plans in the near future.”

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