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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


Distillery Capacity

5 900 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Campari Group

Distillery Address

Elgin Road, Rothes, Banffshire AB38 7BS

Distillery Website


The brothers James and John Grant, managers of Dandelaith Distillery, found the distillery.


The distillery becomes the first to install electric lighting.


John Grant dies.


James Grant passes away and the distillery is inherited by his son, James junior (Major James Grant).


James Grant decides to build another distillery across the road; it is named Glen Grant No. 2.


Glen Grant No. 2 is mothballed.


Major Grant dies and is succeeded by his grandson Major Douglas Mackessack.


J. & J. Grant merges with George & J. G. Smith who runs Glenlivet distillery, forming The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd.


Armando Giovinetti and Douglas Mackessak found a friendship that eventually leads to Glen Grant becoming the most sold malt whisky in Italy.


Glen Grant No. 2 is back in production, but renamed Caperdonich.


The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers merges with Hill Thompson & Co. and Longmorn-Glenlivet Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distillers. The drum maltings ceases.


Stills are increased from four to six.


The Chivas & Glenlivet Group (Seagrams) buys Glen Grant Distillery. Stills are increased from six to ten.


Pernod Ricard and Diageo buy Seagrams Spirits and Wine; with Pernod acquiring the Chivas Group.


Campari buys Glen Grant for €115 million in a deal that includes the acquisition of Old Smuggler and Braemar for another €15 million.


The entire range is re-packaged and re-launched and a 15 year old single cask is released. Reconstruction of the visitor centre.


Two limited cask strengths - a 16 year old and a 27 year old - are released.

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This is an old bottle of 5 year old Glen Grant, which we believe to have been distilled in the 1970s. It even comes with a handsome presentation box showing the bottle and a glass of the whisky just...  More info
A excellent chance to enjoy some excitingly well matured single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. It was distilled all the way back in 1951 and left to mature in a single first...  More info
Behold - 43 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! Yep, the renowned Glen Grant distillery filled cask 3497 back in 1970 and left it to age for over 4 decades - very awesome, we're sure you'll...  More info
From Douglas Laing's gorgeous Old Particular range, this is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single cask for 2 decades (AKA 20 years, if you insist...  More info
261 bottles of this Glen Grant malt whisky were produced after 19 year maturing in a single cask. They were bottled by Adelphi at 55.7% abv.  More info
You know what you're getting with these bottlings by now - Wemyss can be trusted to bottle fantastic whisky that does exactly what it says on the tin bottle. Whisky doesn't all taste the same (far...  More info
19 year old Glen Grant, bottled as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of Scotland's oldest independent bottlers. In 1995, the Glen grant distillers placed this whisky in casks and left...  More info
A Duncan Taylor bottling of 18 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky which was finished in an Octave cask. Eight of these smaller casks would hold as much as one butt would, meaning there's...  More info
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
An independent bottling of 14 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen grant distillery, bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Duthies range. 702 bottles were produced.  More info
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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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
A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 40 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky! This one has been bottled at 43% ABV - a fantastic Speysider.  More info
An independent bottling of Glen Grant single malt. The distillery in Speyside filled cask #10283, a refill hogshead, in April 1995. 18 years later, Douglas Laing had the honour of bottling the malty...  More info
After 21 years in a refill ex-bourbon barrel, Adelphi decided that this single malt Glen Grant was ready to be enjoyed! Hooray! It was distilled by the classic Speyside distillery in 1992 and bottled...  More info
This Glen Grant is from another dimension! No, wait, on closer inspection, it's from the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range, which highlights the vast varieties of whisky they've bottled over the years...  More info
A rather intruiging bottling of Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Hunter Laing for their Old & rare range. It was distilled at the distillery in Speyside in October 1985 and filled...  More info
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
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
This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky, from the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. Known for growing old gracefully, their whiskies are very well suited to long...  More info
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
A fabulous 17 year old Glen Grant from the lovely Maltman. 276 boottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info
A 20 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, and 7 of those months were spent in a reconstructed sherry octave cask to promote contact between the whisky and the oak. The cask number was...  More info
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50 year old single malt from the renowned Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. At such an audacious age, this ought to be a whisky with bags full of character - and not...  More info
This is an independently bottled Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, matured in bourbon hogsheads for 15 years. It was distilled by the distillery in Speyside in 1997 and set aside to age until...  More info
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