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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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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
22 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the fine folks at Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask range. 205 bottles of whisky matured in bourbon barrels were released.  More info
$155.05
A 25 year old from the Glen Grant distillery aged in first and refill sherry casks.  More info
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$112.55
A very rare bottling of Glen Grant. Bottled by the Bladnoch distillery following 27 years of maturation.  More info
This is a rich, intense Speyside single malt, aged in top-quality sherry wood before bottling. It was distilled at Glen Grant in 1964 before a 31 year maturation. It was then bottled in October 1995...  More info
$1018.97
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 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
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
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 was distilled in November 1974 at Glen Grant. It was aged for 36 years in cask number 16560 before bottling in May 2011. A release of 204 bottles.  More info
One of 268 bottles from a brandy-finished butt, distilled at Glen Grant in April in 1975 and matured for 36 years before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$241.84
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
Single cask Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This was distilled in November 1974, aged for 37 years in cask 16566 and bottled at natural cask strength in May 2012. A release of 117...  More info
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
$230.36
This Glen Grant was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012 and packs thirty-seven year of cask ageing. Glengrant was the first distillery to be built in the Speyside town of Rothes.  More info
$218.59
A particularly well aged Glen Grant matured in an octave cask by independent bottler Duncan Taylor. After this line had been bottled, Master of Malt used the cask for the maturation of the first ever...  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
Aged for more than 39 years in a single sherry cask, this independent bottling from Mackillop's was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. Distilled on 6th July 1973 and bottled in March...  More info
$376.24
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
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
This is a well aged Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor, distilled in 1970 and bottled at cask strength. It's a truly brilliant malt with loads of flavour and complexity.  More info
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
Distilled by Glen Grant in 1972, this whisky had no idea that one day it would be sitting in a luxurious decanter, held by a Tantalus made from the cask which aged the whisky for 41 years. Sometimes...  More info
$1744.78
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
$510.26
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