The Glen Grant® celebrates the 60 year career of a true Scottish nobleman. The Glen Grant Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm is a recognised Scotch Whisky craftsman and global ambassador, who has not only created some of the most-awarded single malts in the world, but also serves as an unwavering champion for the industry, recognised for his service by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Few in the worldwide spirits industry share the whisky-making lineage of Dennis Malcolm. Born onsite at The Glen Grant distillery in Rothes in 1946, he joined the workforce at the distillery at the age of 15 as an apprentice cooper, working alongside his father and grandfather.
His storied career also includes time with The Glenlivet and Chivas Brothers, and found him back at The Glen Grant in 2006 as Master Distiller after the distillery was purchased by Campari Group. As the Group’s only whisky distillery at the time, Dennis set about making The Glen Grant a crown jewel in the Campari portfolio. His careful craftmanship and attention to detail distilling and blending The Glen Grant whiskies has received worldwide acclaim – most recently, for example, The Glen Grant 15 Year Old received 92 Points – Editors’ Choice in the Spring 2021 issue of Whiskey Advocate, a Gold Medal in the New York International Spirits Competition (2020), winning the “Single Malt Scotch of the Year” honours, and a double gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2019).
Dennis is a member of the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame, received the Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award, and was honoured with the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Award.
Warm and courteous and with an exceptionally wry wit, Dennis is famous for being a pillar in the local community – serving as a Justice of the Peace, Convener in his local church and member of the local school board. He is renowned as a Speyside historian and exceptional The Glen Grant Distillery
tour master, escorting anyone who asks through the site’s famed gardens up to the hidden stream- side whisky safe. There, he often shares a wee dram of The Glen Grant with actual water from the stream.
On 3rd April 2021 Distiller Malcolm celebrates 60 years in the industry and his tenure as one of Scotland’s longest serving Distillers. To celebrate this milestone, the brand will release a rare, 60 Year Old LTO expression, the oldest and first of its kind in the brand’s 181 year history, in parallel with a global campaign and launch event at an undisclosed location, during Q4 of 2021.
In an interview with TheDrinksReport.com, Dennis remarked that Glen Grant is “a way of life,” adding: “I started 1961. It has been enjoyable, it’s not a job for me but a way of life. I didn’t work with a clock, it wasn’t a job, it was my life. It has been a rewarding journey, because I’ve seen a lot of innovation.”
Campari UK’s marketing director Nick Williamson says:‘Dennis is a credit to the Scotch Whisky industry and an absolute master of his craft. His knowledge of distilling and his attention to quality and craftsmanship are unrivalled. He has created some of the greatest award-winning single malt scotches and has demonstrated exceptional skill throughout his career. To this day, he remains committed to ensuring that every aspect of his work at The Glen Grant is of the highest standard. We would like to thank Dennis and toast his extraordinary work throughout the years.’
“It’s nearly impossible to measure the influence Dennis has had on Campari Group and the entire Scotch Whisky industry,” says Julka Villa, Global Managing Director, GSM Spirits. “He’s shown the entire company how a distillery should be run, with incredible attention to his craft, and real caring for all those around him. Dressed frequently in his family tartan kilt, he also shows the world the meaning of a true Scotch ambassador, unmatched in his knowledge and unwavering in his passion and commitment. “