Glen Grant has been sold as a bottled single malt since the first decade of this century. It was well known in Scotland long before pioneers like Glenfiddich began to open up the English and international markets. Glen Grant is among the world's biggest-selling malts but much of its sale is in the younger ages, in the important Italian market.
Glen Grant was founded in 1840 and some of the original buildings remain. The distillery is set round a small courtyard with turreted and gabled offices in the "Scottish Baronial" style, probably dating from the 1880s. It is a quirky place, traditional in style despite expansions in the 1970s. Some of the stills are coal-fired.
The Glen Grant distillery is tucked away at the end of the main street of
Rothes. It was founded by 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. The 'two highlanders' label depicts James and John.
© Michael Jackson 1994, o.m.
Rothes, by Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7BP
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