Glen Ord Distillery, Highlands

Glen Ord Distillery, Highlands, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Glen Ord distillery which lies in the village of Muir of Ord, between Beauly and Dingwall. This location is actually within about one hour’s drive of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands and hence is conveniently situated for the tourist routes.

Glen Ord was established in 1837 but its early life was ‘chequered’ having experienced three bankruptcies during its first 100 years. However, in 1923 it became part of a major drinks group which secured the distillery’s future ever since (now part of Diageo). In the past a number of brand names have been applied to proudct from ‘Muir of Ord’ to ‘Glenordie’ but clearly now settled with ‘Glen Ord’.

Glen Ord has six stills and, unusually, has a large malting plant adjacent. Latter is operated on an industrial scale and supplies seven northern distilleries in the Diageo group.

The principal product is a 12 year old 40pct which is described as a ‘malty spirit’  produced from maturation in ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks and is lightly peated.

There is a Visitor Centre and regular distillery tours.

Glen Ord Distillery, Highlands

Glen Ord Distillery, Highlands, Scotland

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