Distillery Opened Capacity Malting Floor Washback Type Number of Washbacks Number of Wash Stills Number of Spirit Stills
1897 4.2 million litres Dismissed in 1969 Oregon pine 6 3 3

In 1897 James Buchanan and W.P. Lowrie, Blender in Glasgow, founded the Glentauchers Distillery Whisky boomed.

Buchanan was not familiar with the processes of making whisky, blending and selling it. But he was confident and determined and had chosen a very favorable place for the Glentauchers distillery: It was next to a main road and the railway line was at the back that could be used by the construction of a siding.

When James Buchanan & Co. Ltd became sole holder of Glentauchers distillery in 1908 he already had become very successful with his Buchanan Blends.

1910 saw the merge of the Buchanan and Dewar groups and the company became part of the DCL (Distillery Company Limited). 

In 1923-1925 extensive renovations were done at the Glentauchers distillery.

Four new stills were installed at the Glentauchers distillery in 1965/66.

During the World War I the distillery was closed; in 1985 United Distillers took over Glentauchers distillery and mothballed it again.

Allied Distillers acquired Glentauchers distillery in 1989 and since then the Glentauchers distillery has been producing again.

Allied Distillers became part of Pernod Ricard in 2005 and therefor Glentauchers distillery today is under control of their British subsidiary Chivas Brothers.

1897 James Buchanan and W.P Lowrie, a whisky merchant from Glasgow, found the Glentauchers distillery.
1906 James Buchanan & Co takes over Glentauchers distillery ownership.
1925 Bunchanan-Dewars joins Distillers Company Limited (DCL).
1930 Glentauchers distillery is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
1965 The number of stills in the Glentauchers distillery is increased from two to six.
1985 The Glentauchers distillery is closed at a time of low sales for Scotch whisky.
1989 Glentauchers distillery is bought by Allied Distillers.
1992 Production at the Glentauchers distillery resumes.
2005 Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) become the new owner through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.

The Glentauchers distillery is equipped with a 12 ton stainless steel full lauter mash tun. There are six washbacks made of Oregon pine and three pairs of stills. The Glentauchers distillery is now doing 18 mashes per week and a total of 4 million litres per year.

Most of the process at Glentaucher's is done mechanically using traditional methods.

The Glentauchers distillery's range consist of :

  • Ballantine's 17 year old Signature Distillery Editions

Image source: Official Glentauchers Website