WILLIAM GRANT & SONS
Ailsa Bay 6.000.000 litres
Balvenie 5.600.000 litres
Glenfiddich 10.000.000 litres
Kininvie 4.800.000 litres
William Grant & Sons Limited
William Grant & Sons Limited is planning a new distillery in Ireland afyter bying
the spirits and liqueurs unit of C & C Group.
It is said that a new distillery would probably built on the site of the bottling plant
in Clonmel County Tipperay.
The C & C deal, 260.000.000 pound, includes Tullamore Dew, Irish Mist Liqueur,
Carolans Irish Cream and Italian Frangelico liqueur
WHISKY distiller William Grant & Sons yesterday toasted record revenues despite the eurozone debt crisis making 2012 a "challenging year" for the family-owned company.
The Dufftown-based firm, which makes Glenfiddich single malt and Grant's blended Scotch, posted a 1.4 per cent rise in full-year revenues to £1.06 billion. Sales first broke through the £1bn barrier in 2011.
Operating profits dipped by 1.2 per cent to £124.8 million after the company invested in increasing its production, refurbishing its visitor centres and gearing up for the construction of a distillery in Ireland.
Cash was also pumped into replacing one of the computer systems used by the group, which also makes the Balvenie single malt and the Monkey Shoulder triple malt.
Stella David, chief executive at William Grant, said: "Whilst 2012 saw some difficult global economic conditions, the company continued to perform well thanks to the continued success of our premium spirits brands and our consistent focus on building brand equity and investing for the long term."
Last year saw the launch of the first television advertisements for the company's Sailor Jerry spiced rum brand, while its Hendrick's label "continues to lead the super-premium gin segment with rapid value growth across all regions".
William Grant & Sons, which is owned by the Gordon and Grant families, said that it had also invested in its other spirit brands, including Reyka vodka, Solerno blood orange liqueur and Milagro tequila.
Work began a couple of weeks ago on the construction of the new £29m Tullamore distillery at Clonminch, Co Offaly.
Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney broke open a cask of Tullamore whiskey to mark the first sod being turned at the site, which will bring production back to Clonminch for the first time since 1954.
William Grant & Sons bought Tullamore in 2010 as part of its €300m (£250m) takeover of C&C Group's spirits business, a year after the Dublin-based drinks group bought Tennent's and its Wellpark brewery in Glasgow from InBev for £180m.
Glenfiddich marked the 125th anniversary last year of the opening of its distillery by filling 11 bottles to celebrate the life of Janet Sheed Roberts, the grand-daughter of the company's founder, William Grant. Roberts died last year aged 110.
The bottles raised more than £400,000 for a group of charities after going under the hammer at various auctions.
Balvenie held a "fête" in Edinburgh's St Andrew Square last week, featuring tastings with its UK ambassador, Andrew Forrester, cooperage displays and chocolate and whisky tasting workshops with Nadia Ellingham, who runs the Thinking Chocolate shop in Edinburgh.
William Grant & Sons' figures come amid a flurry of rising revenues in the spirits industry, as demand for whisky soars in Asia and the United States.
William Grant names whisky after column still
07 October, 2013
By Hamish Smith
The new 100% maize whisky
William Grant & Sons has named its new 100% maize whisky after the column still that made it.
The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Year Old is the first single grain whisky ever released by William Grant & Sons, a launch the group hopes will help to establish a new category of whiskies.
The Scotch, which will be followed by a 30-year-old and an age statement-free whisky next year, is available exclusively in the UK, priced £250.
The Girvan Patent Still was built in 1963 to produce the grain element of Grant's whisky, William Grant & Sons' 4.5m 9-litre case brand (The Millionaires' Club 2013).
John Ross, master distiller, said: "The Girvan Patent Still continuous distillation method takes the finest cereal grains to produce a very pure, fruity and clean-tasting grain spirit, which is lighter in aroma and character than most malt whiskies.
"It is then matured in first-fill American White Oak which adds flavour, character, colour and complexity. Time mellows the whisky, amplifies the aroma and enriches the taste. Characterised by vanilla, toffee, honey and caramelised fruit notes, the whisky delivers a taste that truly reflects William Grant & Sons' pioneering distillation heritage.
WILLIAM GRANT & SONS LTD
The triangular bottle was announced in Ridley's Wine & Spirit Trade Circular on
November 16th 1956.
This bottle was designed by Hans Schleger.
Glenfiddich Straight Malt was ingtroduced in 1961 and internationally in 1963.
Glenfiddich distillery was opened for visiors in 1969
The Balvenie was relaunched in 1993
September 10, 2014
DRAMBUIE, one of Scotland's best-known brands, has been sold to family-owned distiller William Grant & Sons in the latest big takeover deal in the whisky sector.
Although no figure has been disclosed, when a potential sale was first reported earlier this year commentators believed the brand could command a price tag of close to £100 million.
William Grant, which last week announced record sales and strong growth of key brands including Glenfiddich malt and Hendrick's gin, said the purchase of the Edinburgh-based Drambuie Liqueur Company was a "natural fit" to its portfolio.
The firm said it had always been "secret admirers" of Drambuie, which was advised by Rothschild on the sale, and chief executive Stella David said the brand had a "very rich history and a great story to tell".
Michael Kennedy, chief executive of Drambuie - which was owned by the MacKinnon family - said: "As part of the William Grant & Sons stable of brands, we believe that Drambuie can truly achieve its potential as it will benefit from being part of a larger and more diverse organisation."
Drambuie is a blend of Scotch whisky, spices and heather honey. It rose to fame as the key ingredient of the Rusty Nail, the cocktail favoured by Frank Sinatra and his fellow "Rat Pack" members in the 1950s.
In its latest annual figures, Drambuie reported a slight fall in sales to £22.2m, while pre-tax profit dropped from £3.8m last year to £3.44m. However, UK sales grew by 17 per cent on the back of a new marketing drive.
The recipe for Drambuie is said to have been given to Captain MacKinnon on the Isle of Skye by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746 after his defeat at Culloden.
There have been a raft of mergers and acquisitions in the Scotch whisky sector in recent months. Suntory, the Japanese beverage group, recently bought US-based Beam, which owns Teacher's and Laphroaig. Indian drinks group United Spirits also announced it had agreed to sell its Whyte & Mackay whisky business to Philippines-based brandy producer Emperador for £430m.
William Grant & Sons unveils fourth Girvan Patent Still
06 October, 2014
William Grant & Sons has announced plans to release its fourth expression for The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
Launched initially in the UK ahead of the Christmas season, the 51.7% abv edition is aimed at 'the whisky enthusiast looking to experiment.'
The release follows The Girvan Patent Still 25 Year Old, 30 Year Old and No. 4 Apps Single Grain whisky.
Kevin Abrook, global whisky specialist at William Grant & Sons said: "We're thrilled to release a proof strength expression for whisky enthusiasts looking for something different - a vibrant, punchy single grain whisky with a surprisingly light aftertaste.
"The release demonstrates our commitment to quality and just how versatile single grain whiskies can be," Abrook said.
The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain Scotch Whisky will roll out in the US, Asia and additional European markets in 2015