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In 1820, James Grant helps to address the "Raid on Elgin", the last insurrection of clan of the history Scottish. Has it legend that them men of the Clan Grant is enraged to the know that its Chief and his family were practically in arrest home to hands of the people of the plain of Elgin. James Grant He was among the 700 names of the Clan, and he wore a vest made with the tartan of the Wilson completo of Bannockburn in 1819, currently exposed with pride at the distillery.

In 1840, the brothers John and James Grant requested a licence to distil. With the sea and the port of Garmouth close, the river Spey at her feet and barley plantations close, all the basic ingredients for a malt whisky were within reach of the hand.

Glen Grant move fast
Thanks to the great involvement of Grant in the construction of the first railway of the North, one of the locomotives of the line Lossimouth-Elgin-Rothes in 1851 received the name Glen Grant.

A new “Glen Grant”
In the year 1872, the founders of the distillery Glen Grant already had last to the another world. The young James ' The Major’ Grant, born in 1847, always had a great interest for the distillery and inherited the business and the title 'Glen Grant‘ of his uncle John Grant. Try with grow up that was a successor right.

Boom and expansion
There are the stories about ' The Major'. A legendary innovative, Socialist and traveller, He lived by his own rules and created its own parameters. Fascinated by the new ideas and he was not afraid to explore them. He was the first man, in the Highlands of Scotland, owner of a car. Glen Grant It was the first distillery to have electric light. And he introduced the high and thin stills and purifiers who created the fresh malt flavor and color clear that define the Glen Grant whisky up to our days.

Music and Whisky
In Scotland, the music and the Scotch whisky have always been associated. So much that the famous Scottish violinist Scott Skinner (1843-1927), He composed music for violin to celebrate the visit to the distillery Glen Grant and its Malt Whisky. The Strathspey (Dance Scottish lively), called 'Glen Grant', It was composed on April 24, 1909.

An end and a beginning
In 1931, Major Grant died, the late Glen Grant, leaving behind three daughters and a distillery which happened to be one of the most famous in the world. Douglas MacKessack, his grandson, was his successor.

The family expands
In 1972, the Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd merged with the consortia mixers Hill, Thomson and Co.Ltd and Longmorn Distilleries Ltd, forming The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. Has maintained the interest original of the family in the distillery, with two major shareholders external: Courage Ltd, the Consortium mixer and Suntory Ltd, the company destiladora Japanese.

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Preparation of Whisky

The distillation of whisky It consists of mixing water with barley and let them ferment at a minimum two years. First is maltea barley; soak it and drain it several times. Subsequently be transferred to industrial containers to let it germinate. To the sprout, barley starch turns into sugar. Subsequently dried in ovens through the smoke of the charcoal that also gives it an aroma of malt. After this process, barley takes a dark color, y es ahora cuando podemos hablar de la malta como tal.Siguiendo el proceso, dry and roasted malt is milled and mixed with hot water. The obtained mixture is similar to the beer, and then add yeast, What will make it possible to fermentation. Then moves on to distillation: The wash is distilled twice. The first pot still distillation we obtain a called low wine of 25-30 °, and in the second distillation, We will obtain whisky de 60°-70°.Por último llegamos al envejecimiento. Each whisky a type of wood used in own barrel, It is also the distillery that decides to use new barrels, burned, etc. The single malts, barrels must be oak and that previously contained Bourbon or Sherry Wine. The age of whisky It varies depending on its name and purpose. The wooden barrel brings flavor and aroma, as in the case of wines, regulates the whisky by the addition of caramel color.

Whisky Scotch

The Whiskey Scottish are, distillates twice or even three times. It is of a whisky distilled and aged exclusively in Scotland and is the most famous in the world has. Should be made in accordance with the standards of the Order of the Scottish Whisky of United Kingdom, ordering the Whiskey must be processed at a Scottish distillery with barley with a degree of 94.8 ° of alcohol, you have to be aged in oak barrels that previously contained bourbon with a capacity equal to or less than 700 litres and for more than three years in Scotland, It may not contain other added elements that are not water or candy as dye and may not be bottled with less than 40 degrees of alcohol by volume.

Malt whisky

The Malt whisky, It is made mainly of malted barley, and it has traditionally been distilled in onion-shaped copper stills. The Single malts at the same time they are called: Single Malt: It is a whiskey made exclusively with barley malt in a single distillery. Vatted malt: is one mix of whiskies different distilleries, but only of malta. If a whisky is labeled as "malt" will surely be a vatted malt. Is also known as pure malt When is the same company that uses different owned distilleries whisky.

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