Visiting whisky distilleries is popular with some sections of the vast number of tourists who come to Scotland each year. Glen Grant is one such distillery, located in Forres, about twenty-six miles N.E. of Inverness.
Speyside, in the Highlands, is the premier whisky producing region of Scotland. Here can be found such famous distilleries as Glenfiddich, Macallan, Glenfarclas and Balvenie.Glen Grant is also included in this list.
Information on Glen Grant
This distillery has a history dating back to 1840 when founded by the brothers James and John Grant. The distillery was owned by the Grant family through to 1953. Subsequently, various mergers and ownership changes occurred culminating in Campari of Italy gaining control in 2006.
The distillery has four pairs of stills which have capacity to produce 6.2m litres p.a. All the stills are fitted with purifiers.
The whisky product is light and delicate. About half of output goes into blends, especially Chivas Regal. Glen Grant’s single malts tend to be relatively young with a five-year old targeted at the Italian market. Flagship malt is the 10-year-old. Other expressions include a 12 year old, 18 year old and ‘The Major’s Reserve’.
Glen Grant is unusual in having an in-house bottling plant on site.
Visiting Glen Grant
Tours are available but photography is restricted. Check website for details.
For more information on Scotch whisky distilleries and many aspects of touring Scotland please refer Visitors’ Guide to Scotland, ISBN 978-1-9161332-0-4