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Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glen Grant Distillery, Rothes,  Aberlour
Scotland AB38 7BS
Tel: +44 01340 832103 Fax: +44 01340 832104
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Glen Grant 5 Year Old Single Malt Scotch WhiskyFrom the moment it was created in 1840, the clean and distinctive taste and pale golden colour of Glen Grant have set it apart from other single malt Scotch whiskies. The vision of one extraordinary individual is what makes Glen Grant clearly different from any other whisky. James Grant, known simply as "The Major", was only 25 when he set about achieving his vision of a pure malt with a clear colour. A legendary socialiser and innovator, he was a modern man born before his time.

Glen Grant is a genuine single Scotch malt with 1840 provenance. The brand is currently the world's number 2 selling malt whisky and is an Italian icon and market leader. Renowned for its clear colour and pure taste, deriving from the purifiers and tall slender stills designed by its inventor James Grant, Glen Grant also distinguishes itself for its quality, authenticity and versatility.

Since 1840, our passion for clarity and the unconventional has underpinned everything we do. From the maverick style of the Grant brothers who founded Glen Grant, to the design of our distillery and its surroundings, to our whisky’s clean, contemporary flavour. Even our name stands apart amongst Scotch Whisky distilleries for being the only one that bears the name of its founding owners.

The Gardens at Glen Grant
The Gardens at Glen Grant

Served long or short, Glen Grant's informality and versatility makes it easy to drink. The pure malt shines through when mixed with cola. Serve long with soda and a wedge of lemon for a Glen Grant Original. Whatever a drinking occasion, make it a Glen Grant occasion.

Since 2006 Glen Grant, together with Old Smuggler and Braemar Scotch whiskies, are part of the Gruppo Campari portfolio.

Courtesy of Glen Grant


Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Nose: Medium / Dry with a good balance of ripe Orchard Fruit notes.

Taste: Intense, fruity note with a long soft nutty, almond finish.

Tasting Notes Courtesy of Glen Grant Distillery



Glen GrantWhisky Distillery
Glen Grant Distillery

A Pale Whisky. A Colourful History. It began in 1823, when illicit whisky distilling was rife throughout Scotland. Around half of the whisky sold at that time came from unlicensed distilleries. Founded by two former illegal distillers and smugglers with the vision and ambition to establish what is today one of the most famous and most popular single malt whiskies in the world. Glen Grant makes one of the most surprising whiskies in the world. Single malt that's clear in colour with a distinctively crisp, fresh taste that has made it one of the world's favorite.

In 1840, brothers John and James Grant decided to take out a licence. With the sea and port of Garmouth nearby, the River Spey at its feet and barley-growing plains nearby, all the basic ingredients of malt whisky were close at hand.  Best of all, this time the distillery was legal!

By 1872, the founders of Glen Grant Distillery had passed away. Young James ‘The Major’ Grant, born in 1847, had always taken a keen interest in the distillery and having inherited the business and the title ‘Glengrant’ from his uncle John Grant, he was to prove himself a worthy successor.

Stories about ‘The Major’ abound. A legendary innovator, socialiser and traveller, he lived by his own rules and set his own standards. New ideas fascinated him and he wasn’t afraid to explore them. He was the first man in the Highlands to own a car. Glen Grant was the first distillery to have electric light. And he introduced the tall slender stills and purifiers which created the fresh malty flavour and clear colour that defines Glen Grant whisky to this day.

In 1931, Major Grant, the last Glengrant, died, survived by his three daughters and a distillery that had become one of the most famous in the world. Douglas MacKessack, his grandson, was to become his successor.

In 1972, the Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd amalgamated with the blending concerns of Hill, Thomson and Co.Ltd and Longmorn Distilleries Ltd to become The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. The original family interest in the distilleries was maintained, with two substantial outside shareholders: Courage Ltd, the brewing concern and Suntory Ltd, the Japanese distilling company.

In 2006, Campari acquired Glen Grant, its only whisky, when Allied Domecq was acquired by Pernod Ricard. To this day, Glen Grant continues to be one of the biggest selling single malts worldwide.

And so the Glen Grant story will continue, as long as there are people on Speyside with the skill and determination to maintain the standards and traditions of the Grant family and their descendents.

Today, after extensive restoration commencing in 1993, the Glen Grant Garden was officially reopened in 1996. It remains an extraordinary living museum of late 19th century gardening style and a fine example of a Victorian woodland garden. Whatever the season, a walk in Glen Grant Garden is always a pleasure.

If any ghosts wander the grounds of Glen Grant Distillery, they must be those of the elegant guests who stayed at Glen Grant House in the closing years of the 19th century. Stroll through these grounds today and it’s easy to imagine the vision of ladies in delicate silks and lace and gentlemen in evening dress. The Major would impress his friends by pouring a dram for all to enjoy with a splash of sparkling cold water direct from the burn.

The garden includes an extraordinary diversity of plants, from rhododendrons, Scots Pines, Douglas Fir, holly and ivy, apple and cherry orchards, primulas, iris, roses, beech trees, Japanese maples, the spectacular Brazilian marshland plant Gunnera manicata and of course, a variety of hothouse flowers and fruits.

How We Make Glen Grant
The difference, distilled.... Quite simply, our whisky is a combination of highland spring water, heat, malted barley and yeast, experience and a dedication to what we do. No tricks or gimmicks. Just a time-honoured process we've perfected over centuries.

So what makes our whisky so distinctively different? We have James 'The Major' Grant to thank for that. The light, yet complex spirit we produce is the result of the tall slender stills and special purifiers he introduced over a century ago and are still used to this day. He knew his customers were looking for an alternative to the heavy, assertive whiskies but unlike many other whisky makers, he wasn't prepared to compromise by developing a blend.

Glen Grant's unique colour develops as it is stored carefully in oak casks and matures over time, creating clear, fresh, natural whisky, with a single malt taste. Just as it should be.

Visting the Glen Grant Distillery

Opening times
February to December (inclusive) Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
(last tour 4pm) Sunday 12pm - 5pm (last tour 4pm)

Admission charge is £3.50 for the Glen Grant Distillery and Victorian Garden. Children under 18 years old are free of charge. Children under the age of 8 are not admitted to the production areas, but are welcome in the visitor center and garden.

Disabled Access
Access to the visitor center, stillroom and Major Grant's study. During the summer months, a chauffeur-driven buggy will whisk you up to the garden for your dram.

Travel Information
The Glen Grant Distillery is easily accessible from either Aberdeen or Inverness airports. It is located on the north end of the village of Rothtes about 10 miles south of Elgin on the A941 Grantown-on-Spey road.

Getting There
At the north end of Rothes on the A491, at the roundabout (for the Americans please read traffic circle). The bus service from Elgin passes nearby.
Buses from Elgin stop 100 meters from the distillery.

Parking / Reception - Park on the right -disabled parking straight ahead in the courtyard. There is a lovely approach through the woods and access the burn to the splendid visitor center. It is light and airy with a modern style. At reception, shop display and sales are in one place which can result in congestion.

Contact Us
Glen Grant Distillery
Rothes,  Aberlour
Scotland AB38 7BS
Tel: +44 09785 35486454
Email: Glen Grant Distillery