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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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A rich, tasty Glen Grant distilled in July 1985 and aged in wine-finished barrel for 25 years before bottling in February of 2011 at natural cask strength for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum...  More info
Distilled by Glen Grant in 1972, this whisky had no idea that one day it would be sitting in a luxurious decanter, held by a Tantalus made from the cask which aged the whisky for 41 years. Sometimes...  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
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
Taken from a single refill hogshead, this 9 year old Glen Grant single malt has become part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which celebrates the seasons of distillation. This Glen Grant was...  More info
No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the 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
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
This twelve year old Glen Grant was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
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
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
Small batch 15 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by WM Cadenhead, who use the old-school name for the distillery - Glen Grant-Glenlivet. It was matured in bourbon hoggies which eventually had...  More info
A cask strength 50cl bottle of Glen Grant. This was distilled on the 12th February 1992 and aged in cask number 17163 for 15 years before nottling on the 25th September 2007 This is a release of 378...  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
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
This 16 year old Glen Grant was distilled in May 1995 and aged in cask 85118 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in October of 2011. A release of 227 bottles.  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 fabulous 17 year old Glen Grant from the lovely Maltman. 276 boottles were produced from this single bourbon cask.  More info
Spicy, complex Glen Grant finished in smaller, octave-sized casks from Duncan Taylor's wonderful Octave range. This was distilled in 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling as a single cask.  More info
This Glen Grant was made to commemorate Glen Grant's 170th anniversary.  More info
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A single cask Glen Grant, distilled in November of 1992, it was aged for 18 years in cask 142036 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in August of 2011. A release of 245 bottles.  More info
This was distilled at Glen Grant on the 22nd April 1992, aged for 18 years in a single hogshead, and bottled on the 15th March 2011 at Natural Cask Strength. An outturn of 293 bottles.  More info
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
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
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
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