Our Story

The first drop of Glenfiddich flowed through the stills on Christmas Day 1887 in Dufftown, Scotland. Now leaders in the international spirits industry, we have ambitious plans for growth to ensure our business is sustainable for the long term.


  • 1887

    The first drop of spirit flows from William Grant’s Glenfiddich Distillery on Christmas Day, after spending a year building it with his nine children.

  • 1892

    An impressive five years later, William Grant opens his second distillery – The Balvenie – the most handcrafted of single malts.

  • 1898

    Grant’s Whisky is born and later iterations saw it presented in its – now iconic – triangular bottle.

  • 1909

    Charles Gordon, William Grant's son-in-law, visits the Far East and secures many new customers, helping to pave the way for William Grant & Sons to become a global export business.

  • 1963

    Girvan Distillery is built in just nine months, and opens as the largest grain distillery in the world.

  • 1999

    We launch Hendrick's Gin a complex mix of 11 botanicals and cucumber and rose essence created by Hendrick's Master Distiller Lesley Gracie. Over two decades later, Lesley still oversees the distillation of every drop of Hendrick's.

  • 2009

    We open the Ailsa Bay Distillery. Ailsa Bay is the only kind of Scotch Whisky to undergo a process called 'micro maturation' and is the first of its kind in the industry.

  • 2014

    We acquire the iconic Scotch Whisky liqueur, Drambuie...and bring whiskey making back home when we open the new Tullamore Distillery in Ireland.

  • 2016

    Small batches of Speyside single malts are expertly blended then married together to create Monkey Shoulder, a whisky made for mixing

  • 2018

    The Hendrick’s Gin Palace is opened in Scotland. Our engine room of innovation has cutting-edge facilities for our Master Gin Distiller Lesley Gracie to experiment and conceive new variants.

  • 2019

    We enter the No and Low category with the launch of Atopia, our first ultra-low alcohol spirit. We are now set to create a new generation of spirits to disrupt the market.

  • 2020

    Our founder William Grant nurtured a dream to make the ‘best dram in the valley’. We continue his legacy today.

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