In 1840, brothers John and James Grant applied for a distilling license. By 1872, these founders of Glen Grant Distillery had passed away. Young James ‘The Major’ Grant, born in 1847, had inherited the business and the title ‘Glen Grant’ from his uncle John Grant. He introduced the tall slender stills and purifiers which created the fresh malty flavour and clear colour that defines Glen Grant whisky to this day. In 1931, Major Grant, the last ‘Glen Grant’, died, survived by his three daughters and a distillery that had become one of the most famous in the world. Douglas MacKessack, his grandson, was to become his successor. In 1972, the Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd amalgamated with the blending concerns of Hill, Thomson and Co.Ltd and Longmorn Distilleries Ltd to become The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. The original family interest in the distilleries was maintained, with two substantial outside shareholders, Courage and Suntory, the Japanese distilling company. In 2006, Campari acquired Glen Grant. To this day, Glen Grant continues to be one of the biggest selling single malts world wide.