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Glen Grant celebrates 170 years with a new limited edition whisky

June 10th, 2010

This new whisky will be available in August, and it looks like the U.S. is going to be left out of this one. A marriage of whiskies (1976-1999) and bottled at 46%.  The “hint of peat smoke” in the tasting notes has me intrigued. Details below.




ROTHES, Scotland, June 10th, 2010– This year sees Glen Grant celebrate 170 years of passion and excellence in whisky making.  The Speyside distillery has been producing its famous single malt whisky since it was established in 1840 by former smuggling brothers James and John Grant. 

With the 170th anniversary, the Glen Grant story will continue to maintain the forward-thinking traditions of the Grant family. Its whiskies are still made on the same grounds as those first established by its founders. With the sea and port of Garmouth nearby, the River Spey at its feet, peat in the vicinity, and barley-growing plains in close proximity, all the basic ingredients of malt whisky were at their fingertips.  These traditional ingredients combined with the innovative distilling methods that James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founding brother James Grant, developed are still used to this day to create the unmistakable flavour, colour and finish of Glen Grant.  The distillery’s unique tall slender stills and special purifiers that were developed over a century ago continue to give its whiskies a light, fresh character – making the innovative Glen Grant whisky clearly different from any other brand.

To celebrate 170 years of uncompromising and passionate whisky making Glen Grant has created an inimitable experience with the launch of a 170th Anniversary Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A whisky lover’s dream, the commemorative edition has been specially crafted by Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm, who has carefully selected the most valuable Glen Grant casks ranging 1976 to 1999 and married them together to create one unique Glen Grant expression.

“170 years on, we continue to build on the combination of tradition and innovation that the Grant brothers brought to their whisky making all those years ago,” Glen Grant Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm commented.  “We wanted to celebrate the history of the brand whilst translating the unique Glen Grant approach into something new and unexpected with the 170th Anniversary Limited Edition whisky.”

Embodying well over a century of tradition and innovation, the magnificent 46% abv (alcohol by volume) limited edition Single Malt, perfectly delivers the seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned; with rich tones of ripe orchard fruits interlaced with hints of peat smoke.  Careful cultivation in oak casks as it matures over time has created a fresh and natural Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinctive golden brown colour.

The Glen Grant 170thAnniversary Limited Edition will be available starting August 2010 at the recommended  price of 100 Euros, sold in a premium gift pack, across  Europe, Taiwan, Travel Retail markets and the Glen Grant Distillery visitor centre in Rothes, Scotland, in a 70 cl bottle.

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  1. Steffen Bräuner says:

    Glen Grant must have used peat occasionally in the good old days. A 1952 GandM bottling I once tried was very peaty


  2. Red_Arremer says:

    Man… This sounds really good. Too bad I live in the U.S. Maybe if it does well, they’ll release something like it here.

    Also, “Dennis Malcom” is not a name I’ve ever heard anyone mention. Is he good at what he does? Does the prospect of premium whisky designed by him seem particularly promising (as it might in the case of, say, Richard Paterson or John Glaser)?

  3. Iain Russell says:

    Dennis Malcolm is a legend. Started out at Glen Grant back in the ’60s, has many decades of experience as distillery manager (including a spell at The Glenlivet, and another overseeing the entire Chivas empire on Speyside) and he has breathed new life into the distillery since his return .

    And the over-used phrase “larger than life” doesn’t do him justice!

  4. Steffen Bräuner says:

    I’ve met Dennis a couple of times at Glen Grant, his job is what I would describe as Distillery Manager, but hey, all sorts of job titles happens these days for the same function. He’s the heart and soul of Glen Grant, and beside that he knew the ins and outs of all the Rothes destilleries as he worked on them all. He has been in the business since he was 14 (I think he started at Glen Grant) so he probably got around 50 years experience.

    He has the responsibility of moving Glen Grant from a distillery that was known for producing not a lot more than a 5year old for the italian market. The range of products has extended quite a lot since Campari (who put Dennis in charge). With him in charge they started selling newmake to G and M again as they felt they did an excellent job keeping the brand alive. Exactly the opposite as a lot of distilleries refuse to sell to indipendants as they believe it will ruin their reputation if someone bottle their stuff out of control (imo IB’s do a better job than these distilleries, and they miss a lot of free marketing)

    Apart from that he is very friendly and funny.

    At a recent SoS I tried a newish “Major’s Reserve” which is around 7-8yo old whisky and I found it a lot better than the 10yo

    So Dennis might not be a well known name for some, but in my eyes he belongs to the top, above a lot of people who are better known to the general public

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