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Coordinates: 56°44′11.43″N 2°39′10.12″W / 56.7365083°N 2.6528111°W / 56.7365083; -2.6528111

Glencadam Distillery
Region: Highland
LocationBrechin, Angus
OwnerAngus Dundee plc
Water sourceRiver South Esk
No. of stills1 wash (14,000 L)[1]
1 spirit (14,000 L)
Capacity1,500,000 litres/per annum
TypeSingle malt
Age(s)10 year-old
13 year-old
15 year-old
17 year-old
18 year-old
19 year-old
21 year-old
25 year-old
Cask type(s)Bourbon casks
Port pipes
Oloroso sherry casks
Angus Dundee
Scottish Royal
James Parker
Mackillops Choice
TypeBlended whisky or Vatted malt
Age(s)~ 8 Years to 30 Years
Cask type(s)Bourbon Casks

The Glencadam distillery is a distillery in Brechin, Angus, Scotland that produces single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery is owned by Angus Dundee plc and produces one malt whisky, with the remainder of production sold to blenders or used within Angus Dundee plc for use in blended whisky brands.[2]


The Glencadam Distillery was founded in 1825,[3] by merchant George Cooper, about 200 yards from Brechin Distillery.[4] David Scott was proprietor from 1827 to 1837.[2] The distillery changed hands a number of times between 1837 and 1891. Gilmour, Thompson & Company Limited purchased the distillery in 1891 and used some of the Glencadam product in their Royal Blend brand of blended whiskey.[4] The distillery, as with most others, reduced production during World War II owing to fuel and grain rationing.

Hiram Walker bought the distillery in 1954, they were bought by George Ballantine & Son Ltd two years later, and ownership of the distillery eventually passed to Allied Domecq through further consolidation in the industry.[4] Allied Domecq mothballed the distillery in 2000 before selling the distillery to the present owners, Angus Dundee plc in 2003. Angus Dundee also own the Tomintoul Distillery.[2]

The present owners quickly resumed production and the product from the distillery is used in their own blended and vatted malt whisky products, as well as being sold to other blenders. As of July 2010[5] Glencadam Malt Whisky is available in a range of official bottlings aged 10 to 21 years, as a component of Ballantine's and Stewart's Cream of the Barley blended whiskies, Angus Dundee's own blended and vatted whiskies, and in a number of other blended brands. Independent bottlings are also readily available, both as single malt and as vatted malts.[2][4]

In November 2008, Angus Dundee plc re-launched the Glencadam line with new packaging and added a new 10 year-old single malt. Then, in July 2010 the company added three new expressions: a 21-year-old, a 12-year-old finished in port wood, and a 14-year-old finished in an oloroso sherry cask.[5] More recently a 17-year-old finished in port wood was also released.


  1. ^ "Glencadam Distillery -". 12 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  3. ^ Milroy, Wallace (1998). The Original Malt Whisky Almanac; A Taster's Guide. Glasgow, Scotland: Neil Wilson Publishing. p. 83. ISBN 1-897784-68-6.
  4. ^ a b c d Morrice, Philip (1983). The Schweppes Guide To Scotch. Sherborne, Dorset: Alphabooks. p. 164. ISBN 0-906670-29-2.
  5. ^ a b "Glencadam Website". Angus Dundee Distillers plc. Retrieved 25 November 2012.

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