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Brown-Forman announces over £30m investment in GlenDronach Distillery

In an effort to increase production facilities, Brown-Forman has announced a £30m plus investment in The GlenDronach, marking the second phase of investment in the distillery.

In 2020, renovations were made to the distillery's visitors' centre, creating an enhanced visitor experience equipped with a new tasting room, whisky bar, lounge and retail space.

Located in the Valley of Forgue, Aberdeenshire, demand for The GlenDronach has tripled according to the IWSR’s analysis in 2021, with the discovery of its rich sherry cask matured single malts allegedly playing a big factor.

The proposed plans from the investment will see large amounts of attention paid to preserve the historic site and craft of whisky production on the grounds of the former Boynsmill Estate, including restoration of the former maltings building as a working whisky-creation area.

Much of the iconic courtyard will remain untouched, in a bid to retain the rich heritage of a distillery established nearly 200 years ago.

Distillery manager Laura Tolmie commented on the investment: “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 project is estimated to take three years, with the expectation of doubling the distillery’s capacity and improving its operational energy efficiency. Briggs of Burton will serve as the principal contractor, with Blyth & Blyth working as civil architects.

9 August 2022 - Bradley Weir