Glen Grant Distillery was founded in the city of Rothes
in 1840 by the brothers John and James Grant. Glen Grant
was the only distillery in Rothes for 40 years, but
today there are five active distilleries in the city.
The Grant brothers were successful businessmen and
managed to increase the annual output to 180 000 litres
in only a few years. John Grant died in 1864 and James
kept on running the distillery until his own death in
1872. The distillery was then passed on to his son,
James Grant Junior, who created the grand Victorian
garden which attracts visitors even today.
In 1898 James Grant built a new distillery across the
road which was named Glen Grant No 2. The new distillery
was joined with the old by a pipeline and the whisky
from the two distilleries was vatted together and sold
as Glen Grant Whisky. This was probably done as a
workaround from Excise law which stipulates that two
distilleries cannot go by the same name. The Pattison
Crash and the resulting slump in the whisky industry
forced the closure of the new distillery and it remained
mothballed until 1965. The distillery was renamed as it
was reopened and now goes by the name of Caperdonich
after the well used by both Glen Grant Distilleries.
Glen Grant is one of the world’s best selling whisky
brands and has a particular large market in Italy where
the five year old bottling is highly popular; more than
500 000 boxes are sold in Italy every year. Glen Grant
is a component in the blended whisky Chivas Regal.
A Selection of Glen Grant
Glen Grant 10 yo 40%
Glen Grant 25 yo 40% Royal Marriage 75cl
Glen Grant 30 yo 45% 150th Anniversary
Glen Grant 1989 Cask Strength 55,3% 50cl
Short Fact: More
than 500 000 boxes of Glen Grant 5 yo Single Malt are
sold in Italy every year.
The Glen Grant Distillery is large. They
have 10 giant washbacks which each holds 59 000 litres,
the stainless steel mash tun holds 12 tons and eight
steam-heated pot stills produce the 5.2 million litres
of Glen Grant whisky that leaves the distillery every
The distillery draws its water from the Tobardomhnaich
spring which is also known as the Caperdonich Well, The
malt is bought slightly peated from central maltings.
The wash stills each hold 15 000 litres and the spirit
stills have a capacity of 9 600 litres. The spirit
stills have a unique shape that was invented by John
Grant to increase the reflux of distilled spirits back
into the still to create a lighter whisky. To further
increase the reflux the lyne arms have been fitted with
The whisky is filled into bourbon casks and sherry butts
which are stored on site in traditional warehouses.
Bottling is done in Newbridge outside of Edinburgh.
Opening hours are April-October Monday-Friday 10am-4pm,
Sunday 12.30pm-4pm. Admission is free. The gift shop has
a wide selection of whiskies, glassware, books etc. A
guided tour is available after advance booking. The tour
is extensive and includes the Victorian garden created
by James Grant and is concluded with a “dram” of Glen
Chivas Brothers Ltd
/ Pernod Ricard
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