The founder of Glentauchers Distillery was James Buchanan, later Lord Woolavington, who went to London in 1879 as the agent for Charles Mackinlay & Company, aged thirty-four. In his memoirs he remarks:
“Sometimes I marvel at the supreme self-confidence that upheld me – a young man without capital and practically no knowledge of the business I was embarking in: a stranger too, amongst strangers in this great City of London”. By 1884 he had “resolved to start business on my own account”.
He borrowed the start-up money from William Phaup Lowrie, a leading broker and blender in Glasgow, who also supplied him with whisky. “What I made up my mind to do was to find a blend sufficiently light and old to please the palate of the user”. The result was The Buchanan Blend; as early as 1885 he was appointed ‘Sole Supplier to the House of Commons’.
In 1894, Buchanan proposed to W.P.Lowrie that they build a distillery at Tauchers on Speyside, three miles outside Keith. The foundation stone was laid in May 1897 and production commenced twelve months later; by 1906, Buchanan was in a position to buy out Lowrie. James Buchanan and Company was now numbered among ‘The Big Three’, along with Walkers and Dewars, and in 1925 all three amalgamated with the Distillers Company Limited.
Glentauchers was expanded from two to six stills in 1966, but was mothballed in 1985 and sold to Allied Distillers in 1989. Its current owner is Chivas Bros./Pernod Ricard which bought most of Allied’s Scotch whisky interests in 2005. Examples of Glentauchers single malt are uncommon. This 10 Year Old is from a single cask selected and bottled by Loch Fyne Whiskies.