William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

March 30, 2010 08:00 ET

William Grant & Sons Celebrates #1 Position in Canada 30th Anniversary With Agent PMA Canada

Grant's Canada's Number One Blended Scotch Whisky

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - 

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Peter Gordon, Chairman of William Grant & Sons, marked the 30th Anniversary of its Canadian distributor, Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd. (PMA) with a very special blend of Grant's 30 YO Whisky. William Grant & Sons, distillers of Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Grant's Blended Whiskies, was a founding supplier to PMA, now the largest independent agency in Canada. More than 300 industry members, employees and customers in Edmonton paid tribute to 30 years of market leadership in Canada.

"Right from the beginning this has been a special partnership. With PMA's support over the past 30 years, William Grant & Sons products have become category leaders right across the board," says Mr. Gordon, fifth generation descendant of the company's founder, William Grant.

To mark the anniversary, William Grant & Sons' Malt Master, Brian Kinsman created a very special 30 YO vintage of Grant's Whisky. Only 200 bottles have been produced for members of the William Grant & Sons Canadian partners. 

"Canada is a very special place for our company and our family," says Peter. "Lord Mount Stephen, founder of the CPR, introduced John Grant, William's son, to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1905, and that cemented our relationship to Canada." 

Today PMA represents wine, spirits and Beers from all over the world and sells 2.5 million cases per year. 

PMA Canada was founded in 1979 by Peter Mielzynski to represent fine wines and spirits across Canada and William Grant & Sons was their first major supplier.

The partnership has been responsible for the success of such internationally renowned whiskies as Grant's Family Reserve and Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky.

Grant's Blended Scotch Whisky, in its iconic triangular bottle, is one of the worlds best loved. Grant's is enjoyed in over 180 countries worldwide and ranks fourth in terms of global sales. In 2009 Grant's Family Reserve took Gold at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).

To produce Grant's Blends, the company selects the finest single malt and grain Scotch whiskies—including their own Glenfiddich and The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies and its Girvan Grain Scotch whisky—and skillfully and harmoniously blends them together. A typical blend of Grant's will consist of 20-30 malt whiskies and 1-3 grain whiskies, to achieve its deliciously complex taste and its classic long, and smooth finish.

William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. The Company distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and the world's number four blended Scotch, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin.

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