Glentauchers distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glentauchers’ make has always gone into blends which lie on the lighter side of the flavour spectrum, initially Buchanan’s and Black & White, and these days Ballantine’s. Accordingly, the set up – long ferments, slow distillation – has always been one where flowers have been preferred to earthy weight.

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glentauchers History

Another member of the ‘1890s gang’, Glentauchers was established in 1898 by James Buchanan & Co. to provide fillings for its Buchanan’s and Black & White blends.

Experiments in ‘continuous pot still distillation’ were trialed here (and at Convalmore) at the start of the 20th century. This involved running a 100% barley mash through an adapted pot still. Production was upped considerably in 1966 when the number of stills increased from the original pair to half a dozen.

Glentauchers was one of the many distilleries which fell foul of the slump in demand in the early 1980s and was mothballed in 1895. It was, somewhat surprisingly at the time, snapped up by one of Diageo’s rivals, Allied Distillers, in 1989 [the Allied estate became part of Chivas Brothers in 2005] when it became a named component of Ballantine’s, although the firm didn’t restart production until 1992.

It is not commonly seen other than as a bottling from Gordon & MacPhail

Timeline

  • 1898 Glentauchers is established by James Buchanan & Co and WP Laurie
  • 1903 The distillery is incorporated as the Glentauchers-Glenlivet Distillery Co
  • 1906 James Buchanan & Co takes over company ownership
  • 1910s Glentauchers begins experimenting with continuous pot distillation
  • 1925 James Buchanan & Co merges with DCL
  • 1966 A considerable investment sees the stills extended from two to six
  • 1985 The distillery is closed at a time of low sales for Scotch whisky
  • 1989 Glentauchers is bought by Allied Distillers
  • 1992 Production resumes
  • 2005 Allied Distillers joins Chivas Brothers' portfolio

Glentauchers Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    4.1
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    60hrs
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    12.25
  • Heat Source i
    Heavy fuel oil fired steam boiler
  • Malt Specification i
    Unpeated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Molson Coors, Burton
  • Mash Tun Material i
    Stainless Steel
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    68.5%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    6,700
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Straight ogee
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    14,693
  • Stills i
    6 (3 wash, 3 spirit)
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    9,400
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Straight Ogee
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    17,875
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    56,000
  • Washback Size (l) i
    60,000
  • Washback Type i
    Wood
  • Washbacks i
    6
  • Water Source i
    Dan fed by Rosarie Burn
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Kerry Liquid

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

Previous owners

Contact

Address
Glentauchers Distillery
Mulben
Moray
AB55 6YL
United Kingdom
Phone
+44 1542 860272
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Aberlour Aberlour Aberlour Distillery & brand

    Aberlour

    Part of Chivas Brothers' portfolio, Aberlour is best known for its cult expression, A'Bunadh.

  • Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery & brand

    Allt-a-Bhainne

    Allt-a-Bhainne was built in 1975.

  • Braeval Braeval Braeval Distillery & brand

    Braeval

    The joint highest Scottish distillery.

  • Glen Keith Glen Keith Glen Keith Distillery & brand

    Glen Keith

    Experimental site with a fruity whisky.

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