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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 at the Glen Grant distillery in the Autumn of 1998. It was then aged for 12 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Summer 2011. It was selected for Douglas Laing's...  More info
$69.33
This was distilled at Glen Grant in October 1993 before an 18 year maturation in a refill hogshead before bottling in January 2012 for the Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask range. A release of 311 bottles.  More info
$124.91
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this was distilled in 1964 at the Glen Grant distillery, a classic Speyside.  More info
$399.02
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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$62.83
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
$239.13
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
$561.96
This is a lovely 2002 vintage single malt from the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was bottled by stalwart whisky bottlers Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$56.91
This is nineteen year old Glen Grant has been bottled at cask-strength by Signatory.  More info
$108.22
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
$143.37
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
$382.40
Aged for just 8 years, this single cask Glen Grant offers up a surprising amount of complexity! This was distilled in the Summer of 2003 and aged in a refill barrel before bottling in Summer 2011 for...  More info
$64.29
A 19 year old Glen Grant, distilled in November of 1992 and aged in a single cask (cask 142040) before bottling in May 2012. A release of 242 numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range.  More info
$161.78
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
$107.41
A vintage Glen Grant, and a classic Speyside, distilled in 1956 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
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$718.29
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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$520.53
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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$456.71
This is an astounding 46 year old Glen Grant (days away from being a 48 year old!) from the impressive Carn Mor range. It was distilled in 1965 before a maturation in hogshead number 2139. It was...  More info
$749.24
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
$120.16
The 1948 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's range from the Glen Grant distillery. This was matured in first fill sherry casks. The result is a coffee rich, sherried dram.  More info
$2291.36
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
$1061.21
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
$227.78
A very well matured 1953 vintage from Glen Grant. This was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. The bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as being a "big, bold sherried malt".  More info
$1145.43
A stylish tasting glass made for Glen Grant, one of the top 5 bestselling Scotch single malt distilleries in the world.  More info
$6.63
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
$1007.55
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