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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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A vintage Glen Grant, and a classic Speyside, distilled in 1956 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
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$710.50
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
$602.93
The 1958 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's rather extensive range of Glen Grant vintages. This was matured in first fill sherry casks, Gordon and MacPhail describe the result "rich, sherried - a...  More info
$546.45
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
$488.30
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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$451.76
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
$555.86
Distilled in 1962 at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, this was matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$682.50
Distilled in 1963 and matured in refill sherry casks, this is a light Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who suggest this as an aperitif.  More info
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$514.88
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info
$394.70
The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail suggest this as a cigar malt, rich and sherried as it is. This was distilled in 1965 at Glen Grant and matured in first fill sherry butts.  More info
$378.25
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
$307.24
A vintage from the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. This was distilled in 1967 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
$317.20
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
$308.90
A cask strength Glen Grant distilled in 1972, it was bottled in 2009 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Rich and full-bodied.  More info
$235.17
Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  More info
A special release of 13,542 bottles. Cellar Reserve 1992 was originally only available from the Glen Grant distillery itself. This was awarded 94.5 points in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2010, with the...  More info
$106.25
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
$52.79
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
This was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery on the 22nd April 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a pair of hogsheads (numbers 55412 and 55413). It was bottled at natural cask strength in October...  More info
$118.86
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant, matured in refill sherry casks.  More info
$100.12
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 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
$141.81
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
$152.98
Cask strength Glen Grant, yum yum yum! It was distilled by the distillery in Speyside in April 1992 and bottled in February 2014. 21 years in a hogshead has done this whisky good, it seems. It was...  More info
$125.27
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
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