AN investment of more £30 million is set to significantly increase production at a historic Scottish whisky distillery.

It is the second phase of investment by its owner, US spirits giant Brown-Forman, in the GlenDronach Distillery in the Valley of Forgue in Aberdeenshire.

Renovations of The GlenDronach Visitors’ Centre in 2020 created an enhanced visitor experience with a new tasting room, whisky bar, lounge, and retail space.

Global demand for GlenDronach has tripled since 2016 as whisky connoisseurs around the world discover the distillery’s rich sherry cask matured single malts.

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The new plans will build on centuries of whisky-making heritage, dating back almost 200 years to the distillery’s establishment by James Allardice in 1826.

The distillery says that as part of the development programme, significant attention will be paid to preserve the historic site and craft of fine whisky-making on the grounds of the former Boynsmill Estate, including the restoration of the former maltings building as a working production area.

All existing buildings and the iconic courtyard will remain, retaining the rich heritage and traditional craft of whisky making at The GlenDronach for future generations, it says.

Briggs of Burton will serve as the principal contractor, along with Blyth & Blyth as civil architects. The three-year phased project will prepare the distillery to more than double capacity and improve operational energy efficiencies.

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Distillery manager Laura Tolmie said: “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 this significant investment in the long-term future of the distillery is secured, preserving our rich heritage while ensuring we can meet the increasing demand for The GlenDronach at home and around the world.”

Brown-Forman Corporation is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Its brands include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and – in Scotland – The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh.

It has 4700 employees and its drinks are sold in more than 170 countries worldwide.