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Glen Grant

Glen Grant is one of the top five bestselling Scotch single malt distilleries worldwide. The Campari Group acquired Glen Grant whisky distillery in 2006 for the princely sum of €115m from Chivas Brothers, then under Pernod Ricard ownership. Accordingly, Glen Grant is likely to be made substantially larger. At present, the Glen Grant distillery houses six stills and runs at near full capacity, which totals 5.9million litres per annum. However, with the proposed addition of a power plant nearby and a further eight stills, by 2010 the capacity could be as much as twelve million litres.

Half of Glen Grant’s impressive Scotch whisky production is used as a blending product, notably in Chivas blends. Most of the spirit is transported elsewhere for maturation in Chivas’ central warehouses, and to Glen Grant’s new 60,000 cask storage facilities, following the acquisition of eleven warehouses in Rothes. The whisky distillery was founded in 1840 by brothers John and James Grant and just over twenty years later it became Scotland’s first to boast electric lighting.

In 1872, James Grant died and the distillery was passed down to his son, Major James Grant. He then built a second distillery across the road, joined by a whisky pipe which transported the new make spirit. Glen Grant No. 2, as it was first known, was completed in 1897, but just five years later it was closed, reopening in 1965, under the name Caperdonich. As well as the official range, there have been many independent bottlings, notably from Gordon and MacPhail who bottled an extensive vintage range spanning more than twenty years of Glen Grant distillations.

Glen Grant Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Grant Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 832118

Distillery Founded

1840

Distillery Capacity

5 900 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Campari Group

Distillery Address

Elgin Road, Rothes, Banffshire AB38 7BS

Distillery Website

www.glengrant.com

1840

The brothers James and John Grant, managers of Dandelaith Distillery, found the distillery.

1861

The distillery becomes the first to install electric lighting.

1864

John Grant dies.

1872

James Grant passes away and the distillery is inherited by his son, James junior (Major James Grant).

1897

James Grant decides to build another distillery across the road; it is named Glen Grant No. 2.

1902

Glen Grant No. 2 is mothballed.

1931

Major Grant dies and is succeeded by his grandson Major Douglas Mackessack.

1953

J. & J. Grant merges with George & J. G. Smith who runs Glenlivet distillery, forming The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd.

1961

Armando Giovinetti and Douglas Mackessak found a friendship that eventually leads to Glen Grant becoming the most sold malt whisky in Italy.

1965

Glen Grant No. 2 is back in production, but renamed Caperdonich.

1972

The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers merges with Hill Thompson & Co. and Longmorn-Glenlivet Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distillers. The drum maltings ceases.

1973

Stills are increased from four to six.

1977

The Chivas & Glenlivet Group (Seagrams) buys Glen Grant Distillery. Stills are increased from six to ten.

2001

Pernod Ricard and Diageo buy Seagrams Spirits and Wine; with Pernod acquiring the Chivas Group.

2006

Campari buys Glen Grant for €115 million in a deal that includes the acquisition of Old Smuggler and Braemar for another €15 million.

2007

The entire range is re-packaged and re-launched and a 15 year old single cask is released. Reconstruction of the visitor centre.

2008

Two limited cask strengths - a 16 year old and a 27 year old - are released.

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This Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1992, long before the distillery was bought by Campari in 2006. Grab a piece of history, expertly bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old...  More info
$148.16
Distilled in 1960 at Speyside's Glen Grant distillery, this was matured in first fill sherry butts. Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as "uncomplicated - a rich, sherried malt."  More info
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$437.54
This was distilled at Glen Grant on the 26th November 1990 before a 20 year maturation in a single cask (number 23169). It was bottled at natural cask strength for the Mackillop's Choice range in...  More info
A 19 year old Glen Grant, distilled in November of 1992 and aged in a single cask (cask 142040) before bottling in May 2012. A release of 242 numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$154.98
A darkly hued Glen Grant, distilled in 1974 and aged in cask 7643 for 37 years before bottling in 2012. Really fabulous stuff, at natural cask strength!  More info
$218.21
A 1990 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery, aged for a full 21 years before bottling for Duncan Taylor. This comes from The Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for sped-up maturation...  More info
$137.35
Aged for just 8 years, this single cask Glen Grant offers up a surprising amount of complexity! This was distilled in the Summer of 2003 and aged in a refill barrel before bottling in Summer 2011 for...  More info
$61.59
This was distilled on the 29th March 1965 at the Glen Grant distillery. It was aged for 43 years in hogshead 2136 before bottling on the 2nd June 2008 at cask strength. A release of 121 bottles from...  More info
$503.08
A single malt from Glen Grant, especially bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. This was distilled in 1974 and aged in a traditional cask before a three month sherry invigoration in an...  More info
The 1968 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's thorough range of Glen Grant bottlings. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The bottlers comment on this "after dinner, with a cigar?"  More info
$299.17
This is nineteen year old Glen Grant has been bottled at cask-strength by Signatory.  More info
$103.68
The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this Glen Grant vintage as "rich and soothing - one to savour." It was distilled in 1961 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
$538.37
A 21 year old, single cask Glen Grant, distilled in August 1990 and aged in cask 16975 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series in March of 2012. A release of 203 numbered, cask strength...  More info
A 22 Year Old Glen Grant from acclaimed independent bottler Adelphi. Bottled at cask strength of 61.2% from cask 10184. A total outturn of only 167 bottles has led to great concentration and...  More info
A vintage from the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. This was distilled in 1967 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
$307.22
Distilled at Glen Grant in April 1975 and aged in brandy butt number 6279 before bottling for the Old Malt Cask label in June 2010. A release of 371 bottles at the "preferred" drinking strength of...  More info
This 16 year old Glen Grant was distilled in May 1995 and aged in cask 85118 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in October of 2011. A release of 227 bottles.  More info
Each wooden box is carefully handmade to order, and because of this there is a 3-to-4 week waiting period after placing your order.Bottled in Celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this cask of...  More info
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$12863.08
This twelve year old Glen Grant was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
This was distilled on the 29th March 1965 at the Glen Grant distillery. It was aged for 43 years in hogshead 2136 before bottling on the 2nd June 2008 at cask strength. A release of 121 bottles from...  More info
$483.36
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info
$382.27
A single cask Glen Grant, distilled in November of 1992, it was aged for 18 years in cask 142036 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in August of 2011. A release of 245 bottles.  More info
$184.94
A very well-aged Glen Grant. This was aged for 34 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in November of 2009 by Douglas Laing. A release of 278 bottles, distilled in April 1975.  More info
Distilled at Glen Grant in December 1987 and matured for 22 years in cask number 44541 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in February 2010. A release of 285 individually numbered bottles at natural cask...  More info
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Distilled at Glen Grant on the 9th February 1970, this was aged for an incredible 41 years in cask number 826 before bottling for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Peerless range on the 16th March 2011. A...  More info
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