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Glen Grant

No: 9
Producer: Seagram
Region: Highlands
District: Speyside(Rothes)  -   Multimap view
OS Sheet 28 ; Map reference NJ 273 492 ; Latitude 57 32° N, Longitude 3 12° W
Founded 1840 ; Operating Status (1999): operating

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.

Distillery rating: 4*

Rothes, by Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7BP
Tel: 01542-783318


21 yr old, 80 proof
A striking highland malt; one of the best I tasted. A smooth start, complex flavor, light peat, light smoke, spicy, clean finish. The Pot Still had only one bottle of the 33 year old left, and they wouldn't open it, so I didn't get to try that, but I bet it would be even better. [lh]

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