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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 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
$202.15
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
$664.94
This is a well aged Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor, distilled in 1970 and bottled at cask strength. It's a truly brilliant malt with loads of flavour and complexity.  More info
Distilled at Glen Grant in 1995, this was aged for 16 years before bottling non-chillfiltered, with no caramel colouring (thus the NC2 in the name) at 2011.  More info
$83.39
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
$438.11
A 25 year old from the Glen Grant distillery aged in first and refill sherry casks.  More info
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$98.77
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
$212.22
Distilled in 1990 at the Glen Grant distillery and matured in refill bourbon barrels. A very smooth dram from the range.  More info
This was distilled in November 1974 at Glen Grant. It was aged for 36 years in cask number 16560 before bottling in May 2011. A release of 204 bottles.  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Grant distilled in the Summer of 1995 and it was aged for 11 years in refill hogshead number 3230 before bottling in Winter 2006.  More info
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
$339.37
In May 1995, cask 85125 was brought into existence. Inside this cask was Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky matured in that cask until December 2013, when Duncan Taylor bottled it up for...  More info
$118.37
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
$127.24
A single cask Glen Grant bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in December 1987 and aged for 22 years in cask number 44648 before bottling in March 2010. A release of 272 individually numbered...  More info
A very dark whisky, aged for 48 years, a well-matured, rare single malt from Glen Grant.  More info
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