Dennis Malcolm, Glen Grant's Master Distiller with more than 55
years' experience, has been awarded the honour of an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to business and the
Dennis began his career in 1961 and is one of the longest serving Master Distillers in the Scotch whisky industry. Born in the grounds of the distillery in 1946, this highly respected honour pays homage to Dennis’ longstanding passion and dedication for the brand, as well as his unmatched Scotch whisky experience and outstanding contribution to the industry, making him one of the most respected figures in the whisky world.
Dennis has been instrumental in the development of the Scotch whisky industry, and has played a significant role in evolving the industry over the last several decades. For instance, it was under Dennis’ watch where the computerization of Chivas Estate took place. Dennis understood that quality control was key to maintaining happy customers, and computers helped immensely in that respect.
Speaking about his latest achievement Dennis comments, “I’m at a loss for words and extremely surprised with being awarded a recognition like this. My grandfather worked for Major Grant and my father worked in the whisky industry as well, so, I was destined to be a part of it. I’d really like to think that this is an honour that belongs to all of Speyside, not just myself. Speyside been so good to me, and that I have always tried my best to put some good back into it.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Dennis has been awarded a plethora of accolades, in recognition of his exceptional life’s work. Most recently, at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015, he received the Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Award and just days later; Dennis was named the recipient of Whisky Advocate’s 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Gruppo Campari Chief Executive Officer comments, “Dennis Malcolm has been a pillar of the whisky industry for many years and this honour is extremely fitting; we continue to be in awe of all Dennis has done for the world of whisky and are extremely lucky and grateful to have him in our family. This OBE perfectly encapsulates Dennis’ sense of community, and we could not be more proud of him. He is a living legend in every sense of the word.”
2016 marks Dennis’ 55 th anniversary at the Glen Grant Distillery. He continues to pour his passion into the industry, and has developed and released three new aged expressions this year: Glen Grant 12 Year Old, Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered, and Glen Grant 18 Year Old.