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The History Of The Singleton Of Glen Ord

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, by exploring The Singleton of Glen Ord timeline.

1838

1838

Founded by Thomas Mackenzie in the Black Isle – a peninsula of rich, dark loam which is perfect for growing barley. Immediately after construction Thomas Mackenzie licenses the distillery to the Ord Distillery Co., set up by D. McLennan and Robert Johnston.

1847

1847

Johnston is bankrupt and the distillery passes over to Alexander McLennan, a relative of the original partner D. McLennan.

1870

1870

Alexander McLennan passes away, and McLennan’s widow takes over the distillery.

1877

1877

Mrs McLellan marries a bank clerk from Beauly - Alexander MacKenzie - thus bringing the distillery back into the clan. Alexander starts well, taking out a 19 year lease of Glen Ord and constructing a new still house. Unfortunately, the still house is destroyed in a fire. Glen Ord at this time is being sold in Singapore, S Africa and other colonies.

1896

1896

Alexander McKenzie dies and Glen Ord is sold to James Watson & Son, whisky blenders with a reputation for buying the best.

1917

1917

Barley restrictions during the first World War halt production.

1923

1923

Glen Ord distillery is purchased by John Dewar & Sons.

1930

1930

Glen Ord is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd.

1939

1939

Once again the distillery must close for war.

1949

1949

Electricity replaces the paraffin lamp.

1961

1961

Continuing the march of progress, the floor maltings were replaced by a Saladin box system.

1966

1966

The distillery is renovated, while the number of stills grows from two to six.

1985

1985

Glen Ord is acquired by United Distillers.

1994

1994

A new visitor centre opens in the old warehouse, complete with an exhibition area.