New 60 Year Old The Glen Grant Whisky Celebrates Legendary Distiller’s Legacy

By Gary Carter / September 20, 2021

The Glen Grant Distillery out of Speyside recently announced a limited edition, 60-year-old single malt scotch whisky 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.

Set for an October release, the limited offering is bottled from a single ex-Oloroso sherry cask (#5040) that was filled on Oct. 24th 1960 … making it the oldest, to date, distillery bottling in the brand’s 181 year history. There will be just 360 decanters of this rarefied liquid available worldwide.

The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition Aged 60 Years carries the price tag of  €25,000 (over $29,300 USD), and will be available in select retailers in global markets next month.

The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition Aged 60 Years

The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition Aged 60 Years (image via The Glen Grant)

Harnessing The Glen Grant’s long history and expertise of Malcolm, this expression will  showcase what’s described as the action-packed, six decade career of the master distiller on the world’s stage.

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

Each decanter is nestled in a presentation case crafted from sustainable walnut. And each presentation case has the master distiller’s signature engraved within it and includes a certificate of authenticity, signed personally by Malcolm.

Interestingly, Malcolm was born at The Glen Grant distillery in 1946. 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.

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In his current role as master distiller, Dennis is a legacy part of the brand and its history, maintaining the malt’s distinctive character, all the while growing the range of expressions, including the newly introduced Arboralis and core expressions aged 10, 12, 15, and 18 Years.

Reflecting on his diamond anniversary, Malcolm said in a prepared statement, “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. ”

Malcolm’s craftsmanship and attention to detail in crafting The Glen Grant’s single malt scotch whiskies has even earned him 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.

Malcolm was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2015, and he received the first-ever Spirit of Speyside award for his achievements in the industry. Dennis also went on to receive the Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and was honored with the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Award the same year.

“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,” said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Campari Group. “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!”

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Official tasting notes are below.

Bottled at 105.6 proof and non-chill filtered, it presents a deep chestnut color. The aroma starts with notes of vibrant Seville orange that give way to an unravelling of rich fruits and nuts; apricot, peaches, raisons, pecan nuts, and a hint of cigar smoke. Rich and fruity in taste with a balance of dark chocolate layered with treacle toffee, the taste has elements of a liquid fruit cake, finished with long, lingering flavors of figs, dates, licorice, and a slight hint of smoke.