An overview of Glencadam Distillery
- Dave Pollock
- 9 July 2012
After many owners, Angus' only distillery is producing well-respected whisky
It’s the only distillery in Angus, but Glencadam in Brechin has history. Whisky has been produced in the same building since 1825, although the premises were significantly expanded in the 1950s.
Continuous production under various owners halted only with closure during both world wars and a brief three-year lay-off at the turn of this century, before being sold to Angus Dundee Distillers in 2003.
Using water from the North Esk eight-and-a-half miles away, one of the longest journeys from source to distillery in Scotland, Glencadam’s range includes a 15-year-old single malt, a 12-year-old finished in Oloroso sherry butts and a 10-year-old ‘Portwood’ finished in port pipes. Producing around 1.5million litres a year in two pots, they use unpeated malt and lye pipes which run upwards rather than down, the intention being to create a more delicate spirit with accentuated sweet and fruity flavours.