Glencadam Highland Single Malt
Glencadam Distillery has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1825, situated in the ancient city of Brechin. This was a momentous year that saw significant events, such as the introduction of horse-drawn omnibuses in London, the opening of the world’s first modern railway, the cultivation of Cox’s Orange Pippin apples, and London becoming the largest city globally, surpassing Beijing. It was also a time when the Excise Act of 1823 legalized distilling.
Today, Glencadam stands as the sole distillery in the county of Angus, located in the Highlands region of Scotland. The initial owner, known as “Mr. Cooper,” sold the distillery in 1827. The name “Glencadam” originates from the area called “The Tenements of Caldhame,” which comprised plots of land allocated to the burghs of Brechin for food production. These plots were situated near the Den Burn, where the distillery stands today.
Throughout its history, Glencadam had various owners. From 1827 to 1891, it was owned by David Scott and his descendants, who rented the distillery to different distillers during this period. The distillery experienced changes in ownership over the following decades.
During both world wars, Glencadam was temporarily closed and the warehouses were repurposed to accommodate soldiers. Evidence of this can still be seen today, with a mark on the grass near Warehouse No. 2, where the soldiers’ commissary was located. In the 1950s, Glencadam was purchased by Hiram Walker, later known as Allied Domeq, which ultimately closed the distillery in 2000.
Glencadam Single Malt whisky has always been highly regarded for its exceptional quality and was sought after for blending in some of the world’s most prestigious whiskies. On June 1st, 2003, Glencadam was acquired by Angus Dundee Distillers, an independent Scottish company. Production at the distillery resumed immediately, and in December 2005, Glencadam released its first-ever single malt product, Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years. In November 2009, it was re-launched with new packaging, alongside the introduction of a 10-year-old expression.
Glencadam’s range of whiskies has garnered numerous awards and accolades. The collection includes the 10, 15, and 21 Year expressions, as well as special finishes like the Aged 12 Years Old Portwood and Aged 14 Years Oloroso cask. The distillery’s commitment to excellence has been recognized, with recent achievements including the Category Winner at the World Whisky Awards for the 10 Year Old expression and a Masters Award for the exceptional 17 Year Old.