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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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Small batch 15 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by WM Cadenhead, who use the old-school name for the distillery - Glen Grant-Glenlivet. It was matured in bourbon hoggies which eventually had...  More info
$76.43
Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery in 1950 and matured in refill sherry casks. It's a warming, smooth whisky with nutty, sherried flavours.  More info
$2111.03
A classic Speyside distillery, Glen Grant have been producing whisky since 1840! This Mackillop's Choice bottling features whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in June 1989 and...  More info
$255.82
A rich, tasty Glen Grant distilled in July 1985 and aged in wine-finished barrel for 25 years before bottling in February of 2011 at natural cask strength for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum...  More info
$347.08
Blimey, would you just look at this! Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Grant distillery which was distilled in 1965! Utterly mental, this is. After maturing for 48 years in a single hogshead, it...  More info
$829.56
WM Cadenhead have used the very traditional name for the Glen Grant distillery with this release of 24 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. It was matured in a bourbon barrel, producing 156...  More info
$144.36
Distilled in 1955, this Glen Grant single malt was matured in first fill sherry hogsheads.  More info
$1182.97
Distilled in Glen Grant in 1954 and matured in refill sherry casks. This was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail who describe the whisky as being "complex - one to be savoured over time."  More info
$1288.33
The first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky features Major James Grant, a previous owner of the distillery, out on a hunting trip. The Major...  More info
$88.42
A gentle, delicate 10 year old single malt, a great beginner's whisky from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info
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$54.77
Glen Grant have added a 16 year old single malt expression to their range, aged in bourbon casks. It's bursting with intense orchard fruits, making it a supremely refreshing Speyside whisky.  More info
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$76.43
No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info
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$37.14
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
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant, matured in refill sherry casks.  More info
$96.98
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 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
This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info
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$118.70
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 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
$102.91
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
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
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
The entry level bottling from the Glen Grant distillery, aged for 10 years with some lovely, juicy fruit notes.  More info
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$60.19
This was distilled at Glen Grant on the 22nd April 1992, aged for 18 years in a single hogshead, and bottled on the 15th March 2011 at Natural Cask Strength. An outturn of 293 bottles.  More info
$103.69
A very rare bottling of Glen Grant. Bottled by the Bladnoch distillery following 27 years of maturation.  More info
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