Hiram Walker’s Glenburgie produced a different style of whisky in Lomond stills.
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.
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 trialled 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 1985. 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. However, in July 2017 Glentauchers was released as a 15-year-old single malt (alongside expressions from Glenburgie and Miltonduff) under the Ballantine’s brand.
- 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
- 2017 Glentauchers 15-year-old single malt is released under the Ballantine's brand
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An experimental peated Speyside malt produced at Glen Keith distillery on Speyside in the 1970s.
Single malt whisky produced on Lomond stills at Miltonduff distillery, near Elgin.
A core standard blend in the Chivas Brother’s portfolio, especially popular in Asia.