Sandy Grant Gordon dies at the age of 89

The great-grandson of the founder of Glenfiddich is considered to be the pioneer of single malt


Sandy Grant Gordon, patriarch of the richest Scottish family and the company William Grant & Sons, died at the age of 89. He passed away in the presence of his daughters Maggie and Sally. Following a fall a week before he had been in hospital. Sandy Grant Gordon's wife, Linda, died in October at the age of 85.

Sandy Grant Gordon, born in 1931, dedicated his life to Scottish whisky. The great-grandson of William Grant, founder of the Glenfiddich Distillery, is regarded as a pioneer of the single malt: in 1963 he decided to be the first whisky producer to start the international distribution of single malt whisky. In the following years he established Glenfiddich very successfully outside the Scottish market.

Sandy Grant Gordon also was a visionary of the Scottish whisky scene in other ways and opened a visitor center in the Glenfiddich Distillery in 1969, the first official visitor center ever at a whisky distillery.

Today the William Grant & Sons company with its distilleries Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Kininvie, Ailsa Bay, Girvan and Tullamore is still family-owned and produces not only whisky but also other spirits such as Hendrick’s Gin.