Brothers James and John Grant, who were attracted to the location by the plentiful supply of spring water from the Caperdonich Well on the hillside above, founded the distillery in 1840. They had been smugglers and also worked the Dandaleith distillery near Craigellachie during the 1830s.
Available as distillery un-aged and aged editions the tasting style is;
Nose:Fresh, green, grassy, herbal.
Campari Group Speyside
Founded: Status: Capacity:
1840 Active (vc) 5 900 000 litres
Address: Elgin Road, Rothes,
Banffshire AB38 7BS
01340 832118 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.
2009 – Cellar Reserve 1992 is released.
2010 – A 170th Anniversary bottling is released.
2011 – A 25 year old is released.
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