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Glen Grant master distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE to retire

After 63 years in the whisky industry, Dennis Malcolm OBE, master distiller at The Glen Grant, will retire at the end of June.

Dennis Malcom Glen Grant
Dennis Malcolm OBE’s whisky career spans more than six decades

After Malcolm leaves in June, distillery director Greig Stables will assume the master distiller role on 1 July.

“As I look ahead to my retirement, it has led to much reflection of my career over the past 63 years,” said Malcolm. “I am immensely proud to have been part of The Glen Grant family, and I say family because I have always considered my time here as a way of life and not a job of work.

“While I will always be a whisky-maker at heart, I look forward to settling into a new phase, spending time with family and enjoying my beloved Rothes.

“I know the legacy of The Glen Grant will now be in the safest hands with Greig. I raise a toast to him and his unwavering passion for The Glen Grant.”

Malcolm’s connection to the Scotch whisky distillery can be traced back to his birth; he was born on the distillery grounds where his father and grandfather both worked.

Aged 16, he trained as an apprentice cooper. His career has taken him across the Speyside whisky region in Scotland, where he has worked at various single malt distilleries in addition to The Glen Grant.

Campari Group acquired The Glen Grant in 2006 and Malcolm returned as master distiller.

Greig Stables Glen Grant
Greig Stables will become master distiller on 1 July

In 2016, Malcolm was recognised as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to business and the Speyside community.

His successor, Stables, has worked at the distillery for more than 18 years. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the operational management of The Glen Grant distillery, leading a team of 36 people.

Stables added: “Working with Dennis over the past 18 years has been a journey on which I’ve learnt so much.

“His passion for, and devotion to, The Glen Grant is remarkable, and I strive to continue that work as I take the reins as master distiller.

“I am very proud and excited to embark on this new adventure, honouring the legacy of this historic distillery but also adding my own chapter to the story.”

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