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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 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
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 very rare bottling of Glen Grant. Bottled by the Bladnoch distillery following 27 years of maturation.  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
$73.24
A very dark whisky, aged for 48 years, a well-matured, rare single malt from Glen Grant.  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
$308.90
A 25 year old from the Glen Grant distillery aged in first and refill sherry casks.  More info
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$110.09
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
Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  More info
A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of 21 year old Glen Grant, matured in refill sherry casks.  More info
$100.12
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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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$62.14
This is a five year Glen Grant distilled in 1985 and bottled in 1990 and is great for seeing what 1985 Glengrant tasted like as a five year old back then as opposed to recent bottlings at twenty-five...  More info
$79.74
This is nineteen year old Glen Grant has been bottled at cask-strength by Signatory.  More info
$107.05
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
$213.79
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 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
$519.43
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