The Glendronach distillery was founded in 1826 by a group headed by James Allardes. It is said that the fifth Duke of Gordon encouraged them to build the distillery, and the very same Duke legalised whisky production in the area in the early 19th century. Glendronach changed ownership various times in the following years. It was purchased by William Grant's son Charles Grant in 1920 for £9,000 and later fell silent before it was acquired by William Teacher and Sons in the 1960s. Allied took over the distillery in 1976 though it was mothballed twenty years later. After a long period of inaction, Glendronach was reopened in 2002, and Chivas became the new owner a few years later. In 2005, steam was first used to fire the stills instead of coal, and today the distillery produces around 1.3 million litres per year, with much of this going into various blends.