Glencadam Distillery

The Glencadam distillery (Glen-Ca-Dam) is a distillery in Brechin, Angus, Scotland that produces single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery is owned by Angus Dundee plc and produces one malt whisky, with the remainder of production sold to blenders or used within Angus Dundee plc for use in blended whisky brands.

Glencadam does not use any peated barley and as a result their whisky has a creamy and pure yet complex taste and character.

Malted barley is then ground down in their original Victorian mill, until it becomes coarse flour called “grist”.

Non-Chill Filtered and Non Colouring 

Glencadam thinks flavour and colour is so much more important than appearance, so have chosen not to colour or chill filter any Glencadam Single Malt Whisky.

Cask Maturation 

The majority of the casks we used have previously been used to mature bourbon in the USA and have a capacity of approximately 200 litres. The bourbon “seasons” the casks, by removing very intense vanilla flavours that would over-power the unique, subtle flavours in Glencadam.

Bourbon casks are charred with fire inside before they are filled with whisky. This creates a layer of carbon that acts as a filter, purifying the whisky to leave it with a smooth flavour. Glencadam Highland Single malt Aged 10, 15 and 21 Years have all be matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks.

Glencadam Single Malt is transferred from ex-bourbon casks into the Spanish sherry “butts” when it is Aged 12 Years, and left to mature for a further two years. This imparts the whisky with rich flavours of Christmas cake and dried fruits, and colours the spirit a deep burnt orange.

Glencadam Single Malt is transferred from ex-bourbon casks into the port pipes when it is Aged 10 Years, and left to mature for a further two years. This imparts flavours of red berries and rich, sweet notes into the whisky, while leaving behind a soft pink hue.

  • Owner

    Angus Dundee Distillers

  • Status


  • Country


  • Region


  • Production type:

    Single Malt
    Blended whisky

  • Founded


  • Production yearly

    1.400.000 Liters


Glencadam, which is situated in the Burgh of Brechin, was built in the era of optimism that followed the passing of the 1823 Excise Act. After passing through a number of owners, it became part of the estate of Glasgow blender Gilmour Thompson & Co which bought the distillery in 1891.

The blending house ceased trading in 1954 when Glencadam was sold to Canadian distiller Hiram Walker, which was then starting its first acquisitive sweep through Scotland. Through a process of amalgamation it became part of Allied Distillers and was seen as being the ‘home’ of the Dundee blend Stewart’s Cream of the Barley.

Allied mothballed the plant in 2000 but it was purchased three years later by London-based Angus Dundee. Angus Dundee’s blending lab is now located at the distillery. Angus Dundee also own the Tomintoul Distillery.

A quiet player for most of its existence, Glencadam is slowly emerging as a single malt in its own right. Its recent proprietary bottlings have not been chill-filtered or caramel tinted.

The present owners quickly resumed production and the product from the distillery is used in their own blended and vatted malt whisky products, as well as being sold to other blenders. As of July 2010 Glencadam Malt Whisky is available in a range of official bottlings aged 10 to 21 years, as a component of Ballantine’s and Stewart’s Cream of the Barley blended whiskies, Angus Dundee’s own blended and vatted whiskies, and in a number of other blended brands. Independent bottlings are also readily available, both as single malt and as vatted malts.

In November 2008, Angus Dundee plc re-launched the Glencadam line with new packaging and added a new 10 year-old single malt. Then, in July 2010 the company added three new expressions: a 21-year-old, a 12-year-old finished in port wood, and a 14-year-old finished in an oloroso sherry cask. More recently a 17-year-old finished in port wood was also released.

Timeline of Glencadam

The Distillery is founded by George Cooper
Glencadam is purchased by David Scott
Alexander MilneThomson takes over
Glencadam is purchased by Glasgow's Gilmour Thompson & Co
Gilmour Thompson folds and Glencadam is sold to Hiram Walker
Allied Lyons (later Allied Domecq) purchases Hiram Walker
The distillery is mothballed
Glencadam is acquired by Angus Dundee which reopens the distillery
Glencadam 10 year old and a redesigned 15 year old are launched
Glencadam 30 year old is released
In 2021, the internal water wheel at Glencadam will be restored.

When Glencadam was built in 1825 an internal water wheel supplied the distillery with energie. It is the only distillery with an internal water wheel that takes care of the energy supply. The new water wheel has been placed in the original location and is fed via the same waterway as before. It is intended that this part, the heart of the distillery will become the focus of future distillery tours. 

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

Medium bodied

Medium in citrus, vanilla, and tropical fruit notes


Distillery Tours

No distillery tours at the moment

Visitor center 


Visitor centre is in construction and will be open 2023. 


Glencadam Distillery
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