Dennis Malcolm’s lifelong connection with The Glen Grant began in 1946, when he was born right here on the distillery grounds. Destined for a career in Scotch whisky, Dennis began work as an apprentice in 1961.

After developing a passion for single malts, he embarked on a journey along the prestigious whisky trail, becoming Distillery Manager and Ambassador for The Glen Grant and Glenlivet, among others.

In 2006, he returned to his birthplace as The Glen Grant Master Distiller, when Gruppo Campari took ownership of the distillery. Dennis became only the eighth Master Distiller in The Glen Grant’s storied history of producing one of the finest single malt Scotch whiskies.

In 2021, Dennis is celebrating his 60th anniversary in the Scotch whisky industry. This remarkable milestone is a testament to Dennis’ devotion and outstanding dedication to producing top-quality single malt Scotch whiskies in the Speyside region.

Dennis continues to oversee The Glen Grant today, developing the best single malt Scotch whiskies in his rightful home.

“Our younger [expressions] have a nice surprise. They are a voyage of discovery. But the older ones are more soft, gentle, and sophisticated. And I think that’s the same with people. As you get older, you get softer, more fragile, more delicate, I suppose. Spirits are the very same.”


Over 175 years, only eight people have held the post of The Glen Grant Master Distiller.

PRE 1890

George Grant

1898 - 1941

James Cumming

1941 - 1969

James Smith

1969 - 1983

Ernest Sherret

1983 - 1992

Dennis Malcolm

1992 - 1996

Willie Mearns

1996 - 2005

Robert MacPherson

2005 - 2006

Hamish Proctor

2006 - TODAY

Dennis Malcolm