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Glenfiddich distillery is situated at the bottom of the hill as you drive north out of the small and very quaint Dufftown. Most of the distilleries in Speyside, the capital of malt whisky distilling, sit on the banks of the Spey or its tributaries - one of which, the river Fiddich, has become especially synonymous with malt production. The Glenfiddich Distillery lies on the banks of the Fiddich at the (wait for it…) Glen of Fiddich. The name means ‘Valley of the Deer’ - hence the brand’s symbol of the stag.
William Grant, the founder, was born in Dufftown in 1849. Aged 27 he started as a clerk at the Mortlach distillery, working his way up to manager. Over the twenty years he worked there, he "put money aside" until he eventually could buy second-hand patched distilling equipment for £100 from the nearby Cardhu distillery. Grant then built his own distillery to house the equipment and produced the first batch of Glenfiddich on Christmas Day 1887.
The original second-hand stills, which William Grant saved for twenty years to buy, were very small and different shapes. Today, although 28 stills are employed (10 wash and 18 spirit), along with room after room of mash tuns, the stills remain small and the same two different shapes. The ‘middle cut’ is combined in the same way that William combined the cut of the original stills - and, like William Grant's cut, is only around 15% of the total run.
Glenfiddich is the only Highland Single Malt that is distilled, matured and bottled at its own distillery. It is the biggest selling malt whisky in the world and is credited for leading the malt revival. In 1971, the Grant family were the first to market single malts through advertising and created a new and still growing market for malt whisky.
Released in September 2011, this is the first Glenfiddich 'Vatted Vintage Reserve' and was selected by panel of 16 industry experts, including Glenfiddich's Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, who chose this 1974 over other vatted vintage whiskies from 1973, 1974 and 1975.
Until the early eighties, when the age statement disappeared from what was then Glenfiddich Special Reserve, its minimum age was eight years old. Happily the age statement was reintroduced in 2000, at a twelve year minimum. It is now "our signature malt".
This 15 year old is made from malts matured in ex-sherry, ex-bourbon and new oak casks, brought together in the Glenfiddich Solera vat. This vat is kept at least half full to ensure a consistent product. The marrying process is completed by a settling period in smaller Solera tuns prior to bottling.
Produced in small, individually numbered batches, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old includes 18-20% ex-oloroso sherry cask aged whisky in the blend which is married in wooden tuns for at least three months prior to bottling.
Launched at Whisky Live in February 2010, Glenfiddich Rich Oak is aged 14 years in first fill ex-bourbon casks before first being finished for six weeks in new American oak casks and then finished for a further six weeks in new European oak casks.
Glenfiddich 40 Year Old is created using Glenfiddich’s remnant vatting system. Each year, the Malt Master selects truly exceptional casks and marries them with the remnant of previous 40 year old vattings. Only 600 bottles are released worldwide each year.
This whisky came from a batch of nine casks laid down in the 1930s, one cask for each of William Grant's nine children. 50 bottles were released in 2010, with another 50 set to released each year until 2020.
This ninth addition to the ‘Cellar Collection’ of limited edition vintage whiskies was released in January 2012. Bottled in August 2011, this 1980 Glenlivet is drawn from three first-fill American oak casks which were moved to finish their maturation in Glenlivet’s warehouse ‘No. 1’.
Launched in February 2012 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Glenfiddich, Cask of Dreams is a blend of Glenfiddich whiskies aged at least 14 years decanted into 11 casks bearing the signature of Americans from the 'Cask of Dreams' tour and finally finished in new American oak casks.
This 55-year-old Glenfiddich single malt honours Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of William Grant, the founder of the Glenfiddich distillery. Janet, who celebrated her 110th birthday in August 2011, is the oldest living person in Scotland.
This represents two firsts for Glenfiddich as 'Age Of Discovery' is the brand's first 19-year-old release and also the first finished in ex-Madeira wine casks. The Portuguese influence stretches to the name, inspired by 15th Century Portuguese explorers who discovered Porto Santo and Madeira.
One of three single malts launched 11-September 2013 as the first releases in the Glenfiddich Cask Collection, a series of malts aimed at global travel retail (duty free) created using Glenfiddich’s Solera Vat technique.
Matured in Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks before undergoing a final maturation period (at least two month) in Solera tuns. The tun is constantly replenished and never let full below half full so ensuring the continuity of the whisky's flavour.
A UK exclusive, released in December 2013, to celebrate Glenfiddich’s support of the Walking With The Wounded Charity. The first bottle will accompany Prince Harry and four servicemen and women, each wounded whilst serving in the armed forces, on their 335km race to the South Pole.