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George Grant on the Future of Whisky
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GB232_MFR_GEORGEGRANT_21
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Ballindalloch
PERIOD
1980s
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George S. Grant
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Moray Firth Radio
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1662
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distillers
distilleries
Grants of Glenfarclas
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George S Grant (1923-2002) was chairman of Glenfarclas Distillery in Speyside for fifty-two years. His ancestor, John Grant, had purchased the distillery back in 1865 and it has remained in the Grant family ever since. George's son, John LS Grant, is the current chairman. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, George talks to Sam Marshall about the future of the whisky industry.

Interviewer: George, we mentioned at the beginning that the whisky industry was a sort of boom and bust sort of trade. Do you think that pattern's going to continue in the future?

Going on past history, the trade, as you say, has been boom and bust, but since the 39-45 war it has more or less been on the up and up until the fuel crisis at the beginning of the '70s. Now we've had a hiccup, partly due to the world recession in general. But I would say we'll settle down, without the vast increases we've had in the previous thirty years, to a - possibly the level we're working at just now, maybe a little bit more. If in fact the recession comes to an end in America, and you get another boom, obviously we'll pick up again. But you cannot expect to have continued growth, to my mind, in an industry such as ours because after all, the number of people in the world who have the money to drink Scotch is finite, and I don't think they're increasing at the rate we were increasing production over the last few years

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George Grant on the Future of Whisky

1980s

distillers; distilleries; Grants of Glenfarclas; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: George Grant, Glenfarclas Distillery

George S Grant (1923-2002) was chairman of Glenfarclas Distillery in Speyside for fifty-two years. His ancestor, John Grant, had purchased the distillery back in 1865 and it has remained in the Grant family ever since. George's son, John LS Grant, is the current chairman. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, George talks to Sam Marshall about the future of the whisky industry.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: George, we mentioned at the beginning that the whisky industry was a sort of boom and bust sort of trade. Do you think that pattern's going to continue in the future?<br /> <br /> Going on past history, the trade, as you say, has been boom and bust, but since the 39-45 war it has more or less been on the up and up until the fuel crisis at the beginning of the '70s. Now we've had a hiccup, partly due to the world recession in general. But I would say we'll settle down, without the vast increases we've had in the previous thirty years, to a - possibly the level we're working at just now, maybe a little bit more. If in fact the recession comes to an end in America, and you get another boom, obviously we'll pick up again. But you cannot expect to have continued growth, to my mind, in an industry such as ours because after all, the number of people in the world who have the money to drink Scotch is finite, and I don't think they're increasing at the rate we were increasing production over the last few years