Dennis Malcolm, master distiller of Glen Grant
Dennis Malcolm, master distiller of Glen Grant

Glen Grant Distillery reveals 60-year-old whisky

The Glen Grant Distillery has announced an exclusive, limited edition 60 year old single malt Scotch whisky.

It is released in celebration of the storied six-decades long career of the Glen Grant’s own Dennis Malcolm, known as one of Scotland’s longest serving distillers.

Born at the Glen Grant distillery in 1946, few in the worldwide spirits industry share the whisky-industry lineage of Dennis Malcolm.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him, he got his start at age 15 as apprentice cooper and later, as a manager supervising the growing company’s nine distilleries.

To be released in October of this year, the limited offering is bottled from a single ex-Oloroso sherry cask (#5040) that was filled on October 24th 1960 – the oldest, to date, distillery bottling in the brand’s 181 year history, with just 360 Decanters of the liquid available worldwide.

An extremely rare and precious liquid, the Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition marks an exciting new chapter for the Glen Grant, showcasing the incredible six decade career of the master distiller on the world’s stage.

Each marked with a bespoke number, every one of the 360 decanters have been made from hand-blown crystal glass, designed by world renowned Glencairn Studio, and are based on the design of the distillery’s unique tall slender pot stills.

Dennis Malcolm, master distiller of Glen Grant

Nestled in an elegant presentation case crafted from sustainable walnut, the decanter itself requires over 15 hours of expert craftsmanship for each creation. Each presentation case has the master distiller’s signature engraved within it and includes a Certificate of Authenticity, signed personally by Dennis Malcolm.

The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition, Aged 60 Years is bottled at 52.8% ABV and is non-chill filtered to retain optimal flavour and aroma.

In his current role as master distiller, Dennis has been an integral part of the brand and part of its history, maintaining the malt’s distinctive character, all the while innovating and growing the range of award-winning expressions, including the newly introduced Arboralis and core expressions aged 10, 12, 15, and 18 Years.

Dennis said: ‘It’s never been a job to me, it’s been a way of life. I don’t like my actual birthday -that makes me a year older. But I like my milestones with Glen Grant because it’s a year longer than I’m here. I can keep doing what I was destined to do.’

Dennis’s careful craftsmanship and attention to detail in crafting The Glen Grant’s single malt Scotch whiskies has received worldwide acclaim, including recognition for his service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2016, when he was named as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dennis was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2015, he received the first-ever Spirit of Speyside award for his achievements in the industry.

The Glen Grant Distillery

Dennis also went on to receive the Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and was honoured with the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Award the same year.

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Campari Group CEO, said: ‘With the launch of the Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition, we celebrate and pay tribute to the career of a true Scottish gentleman and globally recognized Scotch whisky craftsman.

‘Dennis has not only created some of the most-awarded single malts in the world, but also serves as an unwavering champion for the industry.

‘His unrelenting passion for consistent quality in everything he creates is revered on the world’s stage by connoisseurs, collectors and aficionados. Dennis even hand-bottled these decanters!

‘We are honored to work beside such a legend. This refined, remarkable liquid is a luxurious homage to a life spent doing what he loves most.’

The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition Aged 60 Years is priced at £21,316.24 (€25,000) and will be available in select retailers in global markets beginning in October.