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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 was distilled in 1959 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in first fill sherry casks before Gordon and MacPhail bottled it. They describe it as "a malt to be savoured."  More info
$499.25
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
$568.33
A Glen Grant vintage single malt distilled in 1957 and matured in first fill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the dram as "a malt for the connoisseur of sherry...  More info
$616.45
A 1966 vintage from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in a mix of first fill and refill sherry casks. Lighter and fresher than other expressions in the range.  More info
$314.12
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant, matured in refill sherry casks.  More info
$102.36
Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  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
$324.32
A 25 year old from the Glen Grant distillery aged in first and refill sherry casks.  More info
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$112.55
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
$315.82
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 1952 distilled Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. A rich dram of the Sherried Speyside school.  More info
$958.42
A very dark whisky, aged for 48 years, a well-matured, rare single malt from Glen Grant.  More info
Spring is awesome. The sun comes out, the stork delivers baby lambs to fields all over the country and whisky like this Glen Grant is distilled so that one day it can be enjoyed. Well that day has...  More info
$74.88
A very rare bottling of Glen Grant. Bottled by the Bladnoch distillery following 27 years of maturation.  More info
This richly hued Glen Grant was distilled in September 1972 and matured in cask number 6446 for 37 years before bottling in January 2010. A very limited release of 196 bottles, bottled by Duncan...  More info
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
A single cask Glen Grant. Distilled in November of 1974, matured for 34 years in cask number 16577 before bottling in April 2009 by Duncan Taylor. A cask strength release of 220 bottles.  More info
A Duncan Taylor bottling from Glen Grant. Duncan Taylor's Lonach range is a collection under and over strength malts from single distilleries.  More info
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 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was matured in refill bourbon barrels and the producers describe this as "an easy drinking dram".  More info
$53.98
A beautifully dark whisky bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 17th March 1969 and matured for 40 years in a single cask, a fresh Oloroso sherry hogshead number 2016. This was bottled at...  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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A single cask Glen Grant bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in December 1987 and aged for 22 years in cask number 44648 before bottling in March 2010. A release of 272 individually numbered...  More info
This very well aged Glen Grant was distilled on the 13th October 1969, and aged for 40 years in cask number 6234 before bottling on the 8th March 2010. A release of 125 individually numbered, cask...  More info
A cask strength 50cl bottle of Glen Grant. This was distilled on the 12th February 1992 and aged in cask number 17163 for 15 years before nottling on the 25th September 2007 This is a release of 378...  More info
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
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