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.
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.
Johnston is bankrupt and the distillery passes over to Alexander McLennan, a relative of the original partner D. McLennan.
Alexander McLennan passes away, and McLennan’s widow takes over the distillery.
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.
Alexander McKenzie dies and Glen Ord is sold to James Watson & Son, whisky blenders with a reputation for buying the best.
Barley restrictions during the first World War halt production.
Glen Ord distillery is purchased by John Dewar & Sons.
Glen Ord is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd.
Once again the distillery must close for war.
Electricity replaces the paraffin lamp.
Continuing the march of progress, the floor maltings were replaced by a Saladin box system.
The distillery is renovated, while the number of stills grows from two to six.
Glen Ord is acquired by United Distillers.
A new visitor centre opens in the old warehouse, complete with an exhibition area.