The Whisky Encyclopedia


A seldom seen distillery perhaps most remarkable for its repeated survival against the odds, founded by the Blender James Buchanan and his partner W.P. Lowrie, neither of whom had ever made whisky during the heart of the 'Pattison whisky crisis' the distillery was one of only a handful to survive. Fast forward to the 1980s and the distillery was mothballed by DCL only to be rescued by Caledonian Malt Whisky Distillers.

While bottlings are rare - only a few official bottlings were released the distillery is available from a number of independant bottlers including the SMWS and Gordon & MacPhail

NamePronouncedAKARegionCountry of Origin
StatusActiveWhisky TypeWebsiteTours Available
Not Available
ManagerDistillerBlenderOwned byParent Group
UnknownPernod Ricard

Glentauchers Timeline:

1902 : Financial trouobles see W.P. Lowrie bought out by James Buchanan

1910 : A number of failed experiments are conducted using malted barley in a modified pot still

1915 : James Buchanan & Co merge with rivals Dewar’s in 1915 to form Buchanan-Dewar

1920 : The distillery undergoes extensive remodelling

1925 : Buchanan-Dewar become part of Distillers Company Ltd (DCL)

1958 : The distillery is electified

1965 : Two additional stills are added bringing the total to six

1969 : The floor maltings at Glentauchers are closed

1985 : The distillery is mothballed by DCL

1987 : Founded by the blender James Buchanan & W.P. Lowrie

1988 : Although designed by John Alcock construction is completed under the under the supervision of the famed Charles Doig & Son of Elgin who introduced the Pagoda roof

1989 : Glentauchers is bought by Caledonian Malt Whisky Distillers a subsidiary of Allied Distillers

1992 : Glentauchers reopens and production begins again

2005 : Pernod Ricard take over the distillery under their subsidiary Chivas Brothers

Interesting articles about Glentauchers :

Glentauchers at Gordon & MacPhail