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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 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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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
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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
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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
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From cask 85123 emerged 233 bottles of Glen Grant whisky, free from their oak prison after 17 years of captivity. With this new-found freedom, they joined the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range of whisky...  More info
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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
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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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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
$190.69
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
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20 year old single malt from the gorgeous Glen Grant distillery, bottled by the talented hands at Duncan Taylor. Maturation started in November 1992 and finished in August 2013, when it was bottled...  More info
$150.20
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
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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
$281.93
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
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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
$56.46
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
$507.40
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
$86.13
A Small Batch bottling of 24 year old Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky - sounds rather exciting, does it not? This was distilled by the historic distillery in Speyside in 1989 and matured in...  More info
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A gentle, delicate 10 year old single malt, a great beginner's whisky from the Glen Grant distillery.  More info
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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
A vintage Glen Grant, and a classic Speyside, distilled in 1956 and matured in first fill sherry casks.  More info
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Distilled in 1962 at the Glen Grant distillery in Speyside, this was matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$643.49
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
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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
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$142.98
An exceptional Glen Grant, distilled in April of 1975 and aged for 36 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's prestigious Old and Rare Platinum Selection. A...  More info
$379.89
An extraordinarily well matured Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1950 and bottled in 2010 by Gordon & MacPhail. The two casks used (#2750 and #2760) were both Sherry casks, which...  More info
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