Diageo Northern Highlands
Founded: Status: Capacity:
1838 Active (vc) 5 000 000 litres
Address: Muir of Ord, Ross-shire IV6 7UJ
01463 872004 (vc) www.malts.com
1838 – Thomas Mackenzie founds the distillery and licenses it to Ord Distillery Co. (Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan).
1847 – The distillery is put up for sale.
1855 – Alexander MacLennan and Thomas McGregor buy the distillery.
1870 – Alexander MacLennan dies and the distillery is taken over by his widow who even-tually marries the banker Alexander Mackenzie.
1877 – Alexander Mackenzie leases the distillery.
1878 – Alexander Mackenzie builds a new still house and barely manages to start production before a fire destroys it.
1882 – Mackenzie registers the name Glenoran to be used for whisky from Glen Ord.
1896 – Alexander Mackenzie dies and the distillery is sold to the blending company James Watson & Co. for £15,800.
1923 – John Jabez Watson, James Watson’s son, dies and the distillery is sold to John Dewar & Sons. The name is changed from Glen Oran to Glen Ord.
1925 – Dewar’s joins Distillers Company Limited.
1961 – Floor maltings is abandoned in favour of a Saladin box.
1966 – The two stills are increased to six.
1968 – To augment the Saladin box a drum maltings is built.
1983 – Malting in the Saladin box ceases.
1988 – A visitor centre is opened.
2002 – A 12 year old is launched.
2003 – A limited-edition cask strength, 28 years, is launched.
2004 – A 25 year old is launched.
2005 – A 30 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo.
2006 – A 12 year old Singleton of Glen Ord is launched.
2010 – A Singleton of Glen Ord 15 year old is released in Taiwan.
2011 – Two more washbacks are installed, increasing the capacity by 25%.
Ovennævnte tekst er fra Malt Whisky Year Book. Tak til Ingvar Ronde, forfatter til Malt Whisky Year Book 2012 - Køb den fulde udgave her for 149,- kr.